class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having claimed this season's Copa del Rey last weekend, the Blaugrana will be looking for a win this weekend to continue their La Liga title push
Barcelona travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday to face Villarreal with Ronald Koeman’s side knowing that seven wins will hand them the La Liga title.
The Blaugrana are five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid but have a game in hand and still have to face Diego Simeone’s side, meaning Barca’s title hopes are very much in their own hands.
Villarreal, meanwhile, are battling for fifth place in the table but also have a Europa League semi-final against Arsenal to look forward to on Thursday.
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Unai Emery’s men were roundly beaten 4-0 at Camp Nou earlier this season in one of their worst performances of the campaign, while Barca’s last trip to the province of Castellon saw them win 4-1 last July.
The Yellow Submarine are priced at 9/2 (4.50) with bet365 to record a win, while the Catalans can be backed at 4/6 (1.66) with the draw at 16/5 (4.20).
Villarreal vs Barcelona Team News
The hosts are without long-term absentee Vicente Iborra and full-back Pervis Estupinan is a doubt after missing the midweek defeat at Alaves.
Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho remain long-term absentees, as they have been for the majority of the season, whilst Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele both missed Thursday night’s 5-2 success over Getafe and will be assessed.
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This fixture generally provides goals and entertainment, with the last four renewals combining for 20 goals, and Sunday’s clash should be another open encounter.
The hosts have scored in 16 of their last 17 matches in all competitions and they boast the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga in Gerard Moreno.
In excellent form with has nine strikes in his last eight games in all competitions, the Spain forward will be vital to Villarreal’s hopes in this game.
Barca, for their part, come into the game having put five goals past Getafe with Lionel Messi scoring twice, and the visitors should be backed with confidence to score in their 12th consecutive away game in the Spanish top-flight.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is priced at 20/21 (1.98) and offers excellent value for this game between two of the division’s best attacking sides.
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