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Barcelona will be heaving a sigh of relief, as it plays its final match of the ongoing season of the La Liga at home, playing hosts to Villarreal.
The fate of the Catalan club is already sealed, as irrespective of the outcome of this match, it will be finishing in the second spot, as it trails Real Madrid by 12 points, and leads Atletico Madrid by an unbeatable 5 point lead. Given the fact that Barcelona had one of the worst starts to its season in recent history, it is remarkable that they could finish in second place.
Ever since taking over as the head coach in November last year, Xavi brought in a sea change in the dressing room culture, and that reflected in on-field performances too. He has faced only 3 losses under his charge, and Barcelona, which was languishing in the 9th place at one point, gradually moved up to secure a Champions League spot. He will however be disappointed with the team’s latest effort when they visited Coliseum Alfonso Perez last Sunday and were held to a goalless draw by Getafe. Nevertheless, Barcelona starts this match as the favorite to win on most football betting sites.
While Villarreal's performance in the domestic league has been inconsistent, the fans will be proud of the club’s performance in the Champions League, where it managed to reach the semi-finals for just the second time in the club’s history. As Unai Emery’s concentration was mainly on the European competition, and rightly so, Villarreal’s domestic performance took a bit of a backseat, and they now find themselves in the 7th place on the points table, unable to achieve a Europa League finish.
They can still protect their Conference League spot by collecting 3 points from this game, or else it will be at the mercy of the result of the Athletic Club’s fixture, which is just 1 point behind. Villarreal travels to Barcelona on the back of a 2-1 loss at the hands of Real Sociedad and will be hoping for a better outcome this time around.
Match prediction and football betting tips for F. C. Barcelona vs Villarreal CF La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Camp Nou, Barcelona, on 22nd May 2022.
While the match is inconsequential for Barcelona, they will still be looking for a victory, as it looks to end an otherwise forgettable season on a high. On the other hand, the visitors will be looking for a win too, as it would like to guarantee a European finish.
Xavi has a long list of unavailable players, such as Pedri, Nico Gonzalez, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, and Eric Garcia fight injuries. Moussa Wague too is doubtful for this game.
On the other hand, Villarreal will likely be traveling without Albert Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma, as both are nursing injuries.
The game will definitely be a close one, and we predict that both the teams might share the points at full time.
Bet on a draw.
5 of the last 6 top-flight games between the two teams have seen both the nets ripple. Barcelona has conceded in each of its last 4 home games, while Villarreal has done so in each of its last 6 matches across competitions.
The last 6 head to head matches has all seen more than 2.5 goals scored them. 3 of the last 4 top-flight games for both, Villarreal and Barcelona have seen at least 3 goals scored in them, adding weight to our recommendation