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Villarreal and Barcelona play at Camp El Madrigal in a match of the 17th round of the Primera Division. The history of direct matches played at this stage favors the visiting team, who in the last 5 matches won 3 and drew 2. However, in the last match at this stage, in a Primera Division match, on 03-20-2016, it was not more than one Draw for (2-2). The goals of the match were scored by C. Bakambu (57 ‘) and J. Mathieu (63’ Autogolo) for Villarreal and I. Rakitić (20 ‘) and Neymar (41′) for Barcelona. It is necessary to analyze with special attention the house / off condition, because Villarreal presents different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in 4th place with 29 points, after 8 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, won at home to Atletico Madrid by (3-0). In the last match, he won away to Sporting Gijón by (1-3). This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 3 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last game he played, for the Copa del Rey, lost with Real Sociedad away by (3-1). In the last eight home games of the league, Villarreal have 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, having won 19 points out of 24 possible.
Villarreal enter this unmotivated match after a 3-1 away away defeat on their visit to Real Sociedad. It is possible that we observe the home team preferring the right side to attack, taking advantage of the depth offered by right-back Mario Gaspar. Despite being a team that likes to play in its midfield, it also manages to leave very easily for the counterattack. It is worth mentioning that in the defensive sector, Villarreal shows to be a very aggressive team, giving little space to the opponent. The manager of the house will not be able to count on Bakambu, Bonera, Samu Castillejo, Cheryshev and Soldado for being injured.
After 10 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, the visiting team is in 2nd place, having won 34 points. In the last match, they beat Espanyol at home (4-1), having won the previous match in a game against Osasuna (0-3). This is a team that maintains the income when it plays outside its stadium, because in the last 30 games it registers 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; Against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. The team arrives in this match after a defeat away with Athletic Bilbao by (2-1). In the championship, Barcelona won 19 points in 24 chances, after 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 8 games they played as a visitor.
For this competition, you have not lost any of the last 4 games outside your stadium. His attack has marked regularly, since he has managed to achieve in 9 of the last 10 games in this competition. In their games away to this competition there is a tendency to have goals, since 6 in 8 finished with More than 2.5 goals in the scoreboard. In 16 games in this competition, he only managed 1 turn on the scoreboard in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 away games for all competitions there has been 1 period that stands out: suffered 9 of his 25 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
Barcelona enter this unmotivated round after a 2-1 away defeat at the Athletic Bilbao field for the King’s Cup. The visiting team is one of the most feared teams in the world, Trio of extreme quality: Neymar, Suárez and Messi. It is possible that in the midfield, Iniesta, Busquets and Rakitic are the players selected by the coach “Blaugrana”. It is worth mentioning that one of the failures of this super team are the duels in the air game. It seems that the visiting coach should not be counting on Cillessen for being injured.
Prediction: over 2.5 goals @ 1.60