VILLARREAL VS BARCELONA – Match Preview

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Competition: La Liga 2019/20

Matchday: 34

Date and Time: Monday, July 06, 2020, 10 pm CET

Venue: El Madrigal, Villarreal, Spain.

Referee: Carlos del Cerro.

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Griezmann in action against Villarreal in their 2-1 win at Camp Nou

These are tough times for any Barca fan all around the world. But the worst was yet to come after 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, which gave a massive advantage to Real Madrid to go 4 points clear at the top of the summit added more misery to Barca fans and watching our arch-rivals going on winning ways. But the worst was yet to come. Lionel Messi has stalled his contract talks with the current board as he is growing frustrated with the on-going Board crisis, plus It has also been said that the captain is in favor of the coach’s tactics, which aren’t helping the team to be on winning ways or boosting their morale…

Speculation is rifted that he may quit the club at the end of next season. (Hope, these are only speculations!)

Another away game in La Liga against an in-form Villarreal side, who also needs points to qualify for Champions League football next season.

The only good factor before the match for Barcelona is that they play this game after Madrid’s result against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés Stadium. So Barcelona will be having a close look at the Los Blancos’s results, which ends in their favor means Madrid drawing or best outcome for all Barca fans – losing the match.

If this comes true and Barcelona winning at El Madrigal will close the gap to a single point with only 4 games to go. But beating Villarreal at their own backyard will not be an easy task for Messi & Co, especially the team’s morale is on all-time low currently. On the other hand, Villarreal are on a unbeaten streak since the restart despite facing Celta Vigo & Real Betis away, Sevilla & Valencia at Home.

FORM GUIDE

Barcelona – WDWDD
Villarreal – DDDDW
Barcelona – 2nd Position, 70 Points.
Villarreal – 5th Position, 54 Points.
Interesting Fact – Barcelona has not lost to Villarreal in their 7 previous meetings. (5W, 2D).

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The provisional line-up for Villarreal vs Barcelona

Possible Lineup

Match-winning decisions are needed to be taken by Quique Setién to keep his job and to reform his team into a winning unit again. We expect the coach to start Ansu Fati to start alongside Suarez and Messi as the attacking trio. In Midfield, Back to Back excellent performance by Rakitic has almost guaranteed his starting place alongside with Sergio as holding midfield pivot & Vidal as other attacking midfield position. Defensive-wise, the only change needed is to bring Sergio Roberto in RB position instead of Semedo.

Expected Line Up –
Barcelona (4-3-3) – Ter Stegan; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Puig, Messi, Suarez, Ansu Fati.

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