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Villarreal vs Barcelona

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio de la Cerámica

Date: 10th December 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

All of a sudden the chasing packs in the La Liga have hopes of catching Barcelona following their recent results.

The Catalans have drawn their last two league games and could struggle to win this game also as Villarreal have top four ambitions.

Villarreal used a largely second string team in their Europa League game on Thursday and should present a fresh side in this game.

They have not been very consistent this season but they look better than last season and could end this season inside the top four if they can maintain their form throughout the entire season.

Their form this season has been helped greatly by the form of their attacking duo – Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca.

Bakambu has been very impressive with 5 goals in his last 4 games and 14 goals in all competitions.

Barcelona are still favourites to win the La Liga this season but their recent poor run of form could see their points lead at the top of the table cut down if they fail to win here again.

In their last five games, they have only won against Real Murcia in the Copa Del Rey and against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

This season they have also been overly reliant on Lionel Messi for goals and if Villarreal can find a way to stop the Argentine, the Barcelona attacking threat could be neutralised.

Barce will be without Samuel Umtiti for this game and that will be a major blow as he has been their most important defender this season.

Thomas Vermalean has impressed with Gerard Pique however they face a stronger test in this game and the Catalans will be hoping they can cope.

Barcelona have not lost any of their last ten visits to Villarreal.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Villarreal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Leganes 3-1 Villarreal 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 3-0 Ponferradina 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Villarreal 2-3 Sevilla FC 26 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W FC Astana 2-3 Villarreal 23 Nov, 2017 UEFA Europa League
D Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Villarreal 19 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona 2-0 Sporting CP 5 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 5-0 Murcia 29 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
D Valencia 1-1 Barcelona 26 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Juventus 0-0 Barcelona 22 Nov, 2017 UEFA Champions League

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 4-1 Villarreal 6 May, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona 8 Jan, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 2-2 Barcelona 20 Mar, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal 8 Nov, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona 4 Mar, 2015 Spanish Copa del Rey


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