La Liga : Barcelona vs Villarreal Match Preview and Lineups

Barcelona vs Villarreal
GAME Barcelona vs Villarreal
DATE 20/10/2022
TIME 12:30 AM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Camp Nou
LEAGUE La Liga 2022

Match Preview of Barcelona vs Villarreal

Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing El Clasico defeat on the weekend, as they welcome Villarreal to Camp Nou on Thursday.

The hosts were beaten 3-1 by their arch rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, while the visitors secured a much-needed 2-0 win over Osasuna.

Prior to Sunday's defeat, Barcelona had been virtually unstoppable in LaLiga, winning seven consecutive games by an aggregate score of 20-1, since an opening-day stalemate with Rayo Vallecano.

Such imperious domestic form helped to set up a grandstand Clasico, with Xavi's men sitting at the top of the table, level on points with their formidable rivals going into the 250th edition of the historic fixture.

The opening goal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, from Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, was the first that the Catalan side had conceded in 624 LaLiga minutes, but it only took Los Blancos another 23 to add a second, in a first-half display that swept the game out of reach.

Our Predicted Lineups

Barcelona possible starting lineup:Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Kounde, Roberto; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Fati, Lewandowski, Torres

Villarreal possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Rulli; Pedraza, Torres, Albiol, Femenia; Parejo, Capoue, Lo Celso; Morales, Danjuma, Baena

Who will win the match?

We say: Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal. Desperate to keep up with Real Madrid, dropped points are simply not an option for Barcelona in the weeks following their Clasico defeat.

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