LaLiga Action at the Nou Camp – Barcelona face Villarreal

Photo Credit: AP

The Nou Camp sees Thursday action as Barca take on Villarreal – 9:00pm GMT.

Barca will face Villarreal with a difference of League position of five places. They will be second in the League when they welcome seventh placed Villarreal.

This season’s LaLiga campaign, has so far seen Barcelona achieve 22 points

Following two straight wins for Barca in their most recent games, they will be keen to continue that form going into this fixture.

Also, Barca keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last eight meetings is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. Now they have 7 matches won, 1 games lost and 1 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in second place, with a total of 22 points having won seven fixtures, drawn one game, and lost one game.

When Barca host Villarreal, they will do so on the back of three victories and one draw on their own ground.

Barcelona will have secured 25 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good Attacking Performance

Barca have a good scoring record this season, with 21 netted so far. This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Robert Lewandowski (9), Ousmane Dembele (2), and Pedri (2). So far this season, Barca’s defence has been outstanding, enabling them to only conceded four goals.

It is likely that four key players will miss Thursday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Xavi and his Barca team.

Villarreal go into this meeting with 15 points secured

Unai Emery will hope that success brings further success, as his side look for another win in a row. Their last two outings resulted in victories against Osasuna and Real Sociedad.

Also, Unai Emery’s Villarreal have enjoyed excellent form all season. With 15 points, they currently sit seventh in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 4 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws having won four matches, drawn three fixtures, and lost two fixtures.

Villarreal’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Barca. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two meetings, drawn two games, and lost two matches.

A victory for Villarreal would put them on 18 points.

Villarreal are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Unai Emery is concerned that Thursday’s fixture could see him without three of his key players

Barcelona v Villarreal – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Barca and Villarreal have faced each other 48 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Barca’s favour (29 – 9). Also, Barca are unbeaten in their last four of the previous seven meetings with Villarreal. The last time both teams met in this competition The Yellow Submarine delivered a 0-2 away win.

Performance Report

For Barca, Robert Lewandowski scorednine goals in nine League matches so far, while Alex Baena contributed withthree goals in nine League games this season for Villarreal.

Other players of note for Barca are Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele with nine goals each and for Villarreal are Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma with two goals and two goals respectively.