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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


Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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