Eibar have done alright on home soil and in they have taken home wins over Valencia and Sevilla in recent home games. So they probably won’t give the visiting Barcelona an easy time of things on the weekend when the Catalans come for a visit. Barcelona though will be defending their great unbeaten away form for the season in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona 4/9, Draw 10/3, Eibar 6/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 12th, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.)
Eibar are having a pretty good season as they head into the weekend in seventh place in La Liga, and with a chance of climbing as high as fifth. That would involve them being the first side to beat Barcelona though in the league this season though to get up there. Eibar are on a four-match undefeated streak of form at the moment and they have lost just one of their last twelve games in La Liga with a superb W8 D3 L1 record in that sequence. That’s impressive considering they lost seven of their opening eleven games this season. They have taken home wins over Valencia and Sevilla in this positive run of form and they are averaging almost two goals per game on home soil. The only loss that they have suffered in this great stretch of form was a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid back in mid-January. They have taken only the one clean sheet in their last eight league games though but it all adds up to both teams to score at Bet365 not looking bad value at all at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 12th, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.)
Barcelona took a 6-1 home win over Eibar back in September and that took them to seven wins from seven previous matches and during that run of matches, Barcelona have taken five clean sheets. They have also scored at least four goals in each of their last four games against Eibar and have scored at least two in all seven in their previous games against them.
Barcelona have won their last two visits to Eibar by a 4-0 score lin. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is a Barcelona 2-0 at 13/2, however, a good Barcelona 3-1 at 10/1 isn’t without its appeal* (Betting Odds taken on February 12th, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.). Barcelona are still unbeaten for the league season but they have drawn their last two, getting held by neighbours Espanyol and then playing out a 0-0 draw at home against Getafe last weekend. That was the first time Barcelona had failed to score at home this term. Away from home, the Catalans have gone W9 D3 L0 for the season and they have scored in all twelve of those away fixtures. They have also averaged 2.4 goals per game on their travels and have conceded just the six goals with a clean sheet in 58% of their away games. Their top scorer away home this season is Luis Suarez as 10 of his 16 league goals have come out on the road.
This may not be the easiest afternoon for the league leaders. Barcelona will probably get a decent challenge in this one looking at Eibar’s form. Still, they can be back to get the job done or perhaps this weekend only by a one-goal margin as they will be looking ahead to Champions League action in the week.
14th February 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
There was a rare slip up from Barcelona on the weekend as they were held by Espanyol in local a derby. Still, the Catalans remain undefeated for the entire league season and they are comfortable at the top of the pile, despite Atletico Madrid picking up two points on them over the weekend. Getafe are currently on a three-match drawing sequence in the top flight but they aren’t carrying great away form.
Barcelona 1/9, Draw 8/1, Getafe 20/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 5th, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.)
The Catalans were stopped in their winning streak last weekend as they played out a 1-1 draw in their local derby with Espanyol. Still, they are undefeated for the entire season still and at home are holding a W9 D1 L0 record so far this season and they are on a three-match winning streak there. The numbers are just so impressive from them this season and they have averaged 3.1 goals per game at the Nou Camp this season. Over 3.5 goals with Bet365 would not be out of the question therefore in this one. They have given up just the five goals at home as well this season so Barcelona to win to nil would be a decent option to consider as well. Luis Suarez has been on a hot scoring streak of form and is a decent first goalscorer option at bet365 for 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 7th, 2018 at 6:12 pm.). There should be another easy three points on offer for them.
Barcelona have had a pretty easy time of things recently against Getafe at home. They have won their last two home games by a 6-0 scoreline against them and they have already collected a league win against them this season a 2-1 away victory back in September. Barcelona are on a four-match winning streak against Getafe now and they are unbeaten in their last twelve matches against them. They are W6 D1 in their last seven home games against Getafe and they have managed to blank their opponents four of their last five meetings. In the Bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 3-0 is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 7th, 2018 at 6:12 pm.).
So a tough game lies ahead for Getafe in this one and they are not carrying any kind of away from with them to the Nou Camp. They have failed to win any of their last eight games out on the road in the Spanish top flight and they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last nine played either. Surprisingly despite that, they have gone under 2.5 goals in each of their last out game away from home. Getafe have scored only eight goals away from home and so they are not lily to stand toe to toe with Barcelona in this one. Especially with not only one clean sheet behind them this term on their travels. Both teams not to score at bet365 makes the sensible option for this one. They have drawn each of their last three league games, earning a 1-1 draw at Sevilla in their last away game, which was a good point, but it’s hard to see them coming up with anything to get themselves into this match. Their overall record this season in La Liga away from home is just W1 D5 L4.
Barcelona to win to nil is probably the way to go for this one. Getafe have not produced very much out on the road at all and it’s hard to see Barcelona dropping points in back to back league games at the moment.
8th February 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
Barcelona are still coasting along up the top of in La Liga and they are currently running on a seven match winning streak. They also have great away form going as well they will be expected to take a victory at Espanyol on Sunday. Espanyol will be looking to recover from having lost their last two League games back to back with their defence conceding heavily.
Barcelona 3/10, Draw 21/5, Espanyol 9/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 2:09 a.m.)
Espanyol are currently running on a three-match winless streak of form in La Liga, losing their last two against Sevilla and Leganes, conceding three goals in each of those game. They have produced a W5 D2 L4 record on home soil in the top flight, but they have only managed to go W2D1 L3 in their last six. However, the last home win that they picked up was a pretty significant one as they managed to land a big three points through a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid. They don’t have a tremendous output and indeed, have managed only the ten home goals so far this season. They have conceded exactly ten goals as well. Just 27% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals, however, but given what has happened to them recently and with Barcelona visiting then over 2.5 goals at Coral is probably the option to consider.
In total Espanyol have returned just the three goals in their last six home fixtures so it is unlikely that there going to come out and scare their neighbours in this one. The Catalans took a 5-0 home win over Espanyol early in the season. However, there was an upset between the two of them recently as Espanyol managed a 1-0 home win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey meeting, before Barcelona undid the damage back at the Nou Camp. That is Espanyol’s only win over Barcelona in their last, well, pretty much forever. Overall in the head to head Barcelona are 40-5 up against their city rivals. Barcelona have five clean sheets in their last seven against them and Barcelona to win to nil at Coral is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 3:22 a.m.).
Barcelona are on a seven-match winning streak in the top flight, winning each of their last four on the road. They have produced a total of fourteen goals in their last four road games as well, conceding in just one of those games. So the stats all suggest that they are going to be pretty comfortable in this one. Overall Barcelona are W9 D2 L0 this season away from home in the Spanish top flight and they have averaged 2.5 goals per game (28 goals in 11 games). They have been solid at the back as well with only five goals shipped on the road and earning a clean sheet in 64% of their games. In the Coral correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 is the shortest-priced option at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 3:22 a.m.). Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are both in great scoring form in the league at the moment and they should be good enough to avoid a repeat of what happened to them in the Copa del Rey at the home of their neighbours.
It is hard to see Barcelona slipping up in this one they are just in superb form at the moment and have been stacking up those clean sheets. They had that slip in the Copa del Rey but will be stronger here so look for them to win this to nil. A Barcelona two-nil correct score has pretty decent appeal.
3rd February 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
Barcelona continued their march to the Spanish league title as they trounced Real Betis last weekend. It is back to home soil for them at the Nou Camp where they have dropped only the two points all season. This looks to be a bit of a thankless task ahead for the visitors in this one who have had a tough time of things on the road. Barcelona are 1/12 at Coral to get the win with the draw at 11/1 and Alaves at 33/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 24th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.)
Barca clearly have no concept about taking their foot off the gas. They powered to a 5-0 away win at Real Betis last weekend to make it six straight wins in the Spanish top flight for their current form. They haven’t lost a single game all season in the league, going W17 D3 for the term. The league title is theirs to lose at the moment and heading into the weekend they hold an eleven points lead over Atletico Madrid and with Real Madrid a non-entity this season, it should be a bounce back to success for the Catalans. Their form at the Nou Camp reads W8 D1 in La Liga this season and they have won their last two there with clean sheets. They have taken a clean sheet in five of their last six league games and therefore Barcelona to win to nil at Coral is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on January 25th, 2018 at 6:01 p.m.). Barcelona have conceded just four goals at home this season in the league and have averaged just over three goals per game themselves.
A Barcelona 3-0 in the Coral correct score market is handily priced at 6/1* (betting odds taken on January 25th, 2018 at 5:49 p.m.). Barcelona have scored exactly three goals in three of their last four home games against Alaves. Luis Suarez is in really hot scoring form at the moment and is a good First Goalscorer option here. The Catalans took a 2-0 win out at Alvarez earlier in the season to extend their winning streak over them in all options to three games. That’s because there was a shock in last season’s corresponding fixture when Alaves won 2-1 a the Nou Camp. That is their only win in their last their last thirteen games against Barcelona in all competitions though. Barcelona have won seven of their last eight fixtures that they have played at the Nou Camp against Slaves and actually only have the one clean sheet in that sequence of games. A tempter to have a go at both teams to score then?
Maybe as Alaves have scored in each of their last five games across all conditions. They pulled out a 2-1 home win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey in midweek but lost in a penalty shootout after the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate. It is the away from though of Alaves which tells the bigger story because it hasn’t been great. They are just W4 L8 all season on their travels and just two of those wins have been league away victories. So there is where it gets telling and they have lost their last two road games in La Liga without scoring and they have only netted the six away goals this season so no, they aren’t currently worth backing to get a goal on the board. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last five away games as well and of the six away goals that they have scored this season, five of them have been in the second half of matches. They may stick in there for a while, but ultimately the challenge of Alaves at the Nou Camp may fade.
Barcelona to win to nil once again will have stacks of appeal for this home game. They are just a machine at the moment and their defence isn’t getting breached. Look for another three points for the Catalans in a comfortable evening for them.
27th January 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
Real Betis have been making strides up La Liga and they head into the weekend in seventh place after having won three of their last four games. But will their positive momentum be stopped as they play host to Barcelona? The Catalans are on a five-match winning streak in the top flight after fighting back to beat Real Sociedad last weekend. Barcelona are 1/4 at Paddy Power for the win, with the draw at 5/1 and Bets at 17/2* (Betting Odds taken on January 17th, 2018 at 6:55 p.m.)
Betis are up in the top eight in the Spanish top flight and they recently collected a really good win over FC Sevilla which helped to pull themselves closer to the top six. Betis have won three of their last four games now and go into this with back to back wins behind hem. They have scored eight goals as well in their last two games, firing five past Sevilla and then three past Leganes last week. So that’s a tremendous output from them and in seven of their eight league wins this season they have netted at least two goals in this. Over 3.5 goals at Paddy Power because of that may be a decent enough option to have a look at for the game. Betis aren’t in great home form though. Their recent win over Leganes snapped a four-match winless streak that they were on at home and overall they are W5 D2 L3 for the season on home soil in the top flight. They have averaged exactly two goals per game this term at home which does suggest that may get something on the board.
However, Betis have conceded at a rate of 1.7 goals per game at home and have just the two clean sheets behind them this season. They are running five points better off than they were at this stage last season so it’s all positive from them at the moment. But then you get to the head to head and realise that it has been a while since they beat Barcelona. The last win that Betis did get over the Catalans was back in the 2001 Copa Del Rey but still lost the tie on aggregate. In the last eleven fixtures between the two sides in the Spanish top flight, Barcelona have won nine and drawn two against Betis. Betis, to their credit, did hold out for a 1-1 draw at home against Barcelona last season though and both teams have scored in nine of the last twelve meetings. So will Barcelona be collecting another win for the season as they head to the Estadio Benito Villamarín? Barcelona have scored at least two goals in sixteen of their last seventeen fixtures against Betis in all competitions.
Out on the road in the Spanish top flight this season Barcelona have posted a W8 D2 L0 record and they are going into this one having won each of their last three away games. In that sequence, they have scored nine goals. They were rattled early on last weekend at Real Sociedad, falling two goals behind, but they hit back hard to win 4-2 in the end. That’s the scoring power that they have and Barcelona have scored 23 goals in their ten away games this season while they have conceded just the five. They have taken a clean sheet in 60% of their away games, but both teams to score at Paddy Power for 8/15 odds looks the way to roll for this* (Betting Odds taken on January 17th, 2018 at 9:46 p.m.). Luis Suarez has hit some fine form and he has scored in each of his last six league appearances now while Lionel Messi is on a three-match scoring streak and are both good anytime goalscorer options.
Barcelona can roll on with their impressive season in this one. Even in hitting a bit of a bump in a tricky away game last weekend, they still managed to power their way back to a victory. Expect more of the same from them here and they can take this by a two-goal margin.
20th January 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
Real Sociedad are hovering around mid-table in La Liga and they have really been struggling to find any kind of winning momentum this season. But they did recently land a big home success over Sevilla on home soil and have a good unbeaten stretch of home form going against Barcelona in the league. Will they be able to prevent Barcelona from winning their fifth straight game in the Spanish top flight though? Barcelona are 2/5 to get the win, with the draw at 15/4 and Real Sociedad at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.11pm)
Going into a game against Barcelona you will have been hoping to carry better form than just one win in your last seven. That is where Real Sociedad are at right now them with a W1 D3 L3 record played in their last seven top-flight games. That win did come at home though just before the winter break as they took down Sevilla in what was a surprise win for them. They have won three times at home this season and they have scored exactly three goals in each of those wins strangely. But they have also failed to score in three of their last four games and lost out at Leganes last weekend as La Liga resumed. They have rattled off plenty of goals this season on home soil as they average over two goals per game and 78% of their home fixtures have gone over 2.5 while almost 70% have gone over 3.5 goals. So those are good options in the William Hill over/under 2.5 goals market to consider.
You wouldn’t expect them to be keeping a clean sheet in this one but both teams to score at William Hill may actually churn up good value at 1/2* (Betting Odds taken January 9th, 2018 at 5.25 pm). In their last four home games against the Catalans, Real Sociedad are W2 D1 L1 against Barcelona so it’s not actually that bad of a record. All four of those games were under 2.5 goals incidentally. Last season overall they met four times and Barcelona won three of those, drawing the other, scoring ten goals across those four matches against Sociedad. Real Sociedad are actually W5 D2 L0 in their last seven home games in La Liga against Barcelona which is a fantastic record. But you would have to be a little worried about La Real’s lack of form at the moment and the fact that Barcelona are going pretty well right now. Barcelona will be defending their unbeaten form for the season in the Spanish top flight as they make the trip to the Anoeta.
Barcelona are holding a W7 D2 record from their nine away games this season and they have won six of their seven victories with a clean sheet as well. Barcelona to win to nil at William Hill is a price of 9/5* (Betting Odds taken January 9th, 2018 at 5.25 pm). Each of the away wins that Barcelona have recorded this season have all seen them score at least two goals in. Their tally of goals away from the Nou Camp this season is 19 in nine games (2.1 per game on average) and they have conceded just the three as well having earned a clean sheet in 67% of those away games. It’s been powerful stuff from them and they are now ten points better off than they were at this stage last season. They are basically cruising to the title and with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and the return of Ousmane Dembele from injury, they are only getting stronger. Barcelona have scored in 100% of their away matches this season.
You would just have to roll on with Barcelona having things their way as they usually do even though they had had their struggles at Sociedad. They have been comfortable this season and just got back into winning ways immediately after the break last weekend. Away win and it’s worth backing them to get it done to nil as well.
11th January 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
La Liga swings back into action this weekend and Barcelona will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table. They are currently riding a three-match winning streak at the top of the pile and they haven’t suffered a loss all season. Levante have managed only the one win in their last twelve league matches now and will be heavy underdogs at a whopping 55/1 quote, with the draw at 20/1 and Barcelona are in a 1/16.
It has been such a strong league season from Barcelona and they are on a three-match winning streak in the top flight. Just before the winter break, they pounded Real Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu to further press home their supremacy this season. The Catalans are W7 D1 in their eight games at the Nou Camp this season on league duty and they have averaged 3.25 goals per game at home as well. They have only conceded the four goals too so Barcelona to win to nil at William Hill is going to have plenty of appeal for the match up. Barcelona have not been losing at half time in any of their home games and up in the correct score market, a Barcelona 3-0 result is at the head of the market at a 13/2 quote. They have kept a clean sheet in 62% of their home games and should be comfortable enough here.
Barcelona won both games against Levante in the 2015/16 season and they are on a six-match winning streak against them in all options and they scored at least four goals in five of those six games. So over 3.5 goals at William Hill looks the right way to go for this one. You can only imagine that their forwards are going to be nice and fresh after the break and Lionel Messi is the 6/4 first goalscorer favourite for the game with Luis Suarez at 9/4. Barcelona just dominates the head to head against Levante which you would expect as they are 17-1 up against them with four drawn matches. Levante’s only success against Barca came in their first ever match against them, a Copa del Rey fixture back in 2004.
Levante are stuck down near the foot of the table and that is because they have struggled to win games. They haven’t lost a great deal but they have not been able to turn drawn situations into wins. They are W3 D9 L5 for the season and go into this with three 0-0 draws in their last four games played. They have only netted the five away goals all season so they are not likely going to cause Barcelona too many problems at the back. They have been defensively sound though and have conceded just seven goals in seven away games and they played out a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid earlier in the season and a recent draw at Sevilla. It would probably make something very special though for them to get out of this with a point and have failed to score in three of their last four league matches against Barcelona.
Barcelona should be more than comfortable in this one at home as they get back to league duty. They will be fresher of course for the reset are Levante are having some big problems this season in picking up wins. Barcelona to win to nil is written all over this.
6th January 2018 / lee - Category: Betting News
What a way to go into the winter break in Spain. The El Clasico will light up the weekend and Real Madrid really needs to find a way to win this one to at least give their hopes of retaining their title alive. They go into the game eleven points behind league leaders Barcelona, but with a game in hand. Barcelona have yet to taste defeat in the top flight this season and have been leading something of a procession at the top of the table. Can they go into the break on a positive? Real Madrid are only 11/10 at home to win this with Barcelona at 2/1 and the draw at 11/4.
After successfully landing the FIFA Club World Cup title in what was a title defence, Real Madrid gets back to domestic business on Saturday for their huge El Clasico match. At home, this season in the league Real Madrid have gone W5 D2 L1 and they have put together a five match winning streak there in La Liga. But some blips on the road have shown that they aren’t quite there their all powerful selves like they were last season. Still, they have scored at least three goals in each of their last four home games and over 3.5 goals at Ladbrokes is a 10/11 poke. It could be more realistic looking under 3.5 which is big value at 4/5 only because Barcelona are going to want to hold themselves steady in this one. Real Madrid have not been trailing at half time in any league game at the Bernabeu this season.
68% of Real Madrid’s goals at home this season have been in the first half of matches interesting. They have tightened up their defence significantly lately with four clean sheets in their last five and Real Madrid to win to nil is at 9/2 odds, a big price but they did pull it off last season with a 2-0 home win over the Catalans. Cristiano Ronaldo is looking a little more like his old self after a slow start to the season and he is the 11/3 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match. He netted a brace in their last league fixture, a 5-0 thumping of Sevilla. They have also gotten the better of Barcelona already this season with a 5-1 aggregate win over their rivals in the Spanish Super Cup. In the last six La Liga clashes between the two of them Real Madrid hold a W2 D1 L3 record against Barca.
Barcelona are convincingly leading the way in La Liga this season, having gone unbeaten in sixteen matches. They take a two match winning streak into this game and out on the road they have gone W6 D2 for the season from their eight games. The draws in that sequence were in their other big road clashes at Atletico Madrid and at Valencia, who are currently second and third in the league respectively. Both of those ended in a 1-1 draw and 1-1 Correct Score at Ladbrokes is at 7/1 odds and has some appeal. Barcelona have only conceded the three goals on the road this season and overall home and away have the joint-best defensive record alongside Atletico Madrid. Barcelona are eight points better off than they were at this stage last season so there has been a marked improvement. They are averaging exactly two goals per game on the road but only 38% of their road games have gone over 2.5 goals and none have gone over 3.5 which suggest that Barcelona are efficient more than destructive. They have scored the opening goal in 12 for their 16 league match this season and they have Lionel Messi at 8/11 and Luis Suarez at 10/11 respectively in the anytime goalscorer market.
The draw has appeal here as Real Madrid are just struggling for overall form this season in the Spanish top flight and Barcelona have drawn out at Atletico Madrid and Valencia this season. The real pressure is on Madrid to deliver in this one, but they may just come up short against a strong Barcelona.
19th December 2017 / lee - Category: Betting News
Barcelona produced a comfortable win over Sevilla last weekend to hold their position firm at the head of La Liga. They have a five point lead over second-placed Valencia and the Catalans are showing no sign of slowing up either. They are back on home soil now where they have dropped just points all season and with Deportivo struggling near the foot of the table, this may be another routine three points for Barca. Barcelona are 1/14 to pick up the three points, with the draw at 12/1 and Deportivo at 22/1.
Barcelona collected a very good 2-0 win out at Sevilla last weekend to keep themselves strong at the top of the table. It also extends their unbeaten start to the season as well with Barcelona having gone W12 D3 L0 so far in this campaign. They have only dropped the two points at home this season, which was in a surprising 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in their last home fixture. Barcelona have scored at least two goals in each of their seven home games in La Liga this season and they will be expected to be fairly comfortable in this one. In the Coral correct score market, a Barcelona 2-0 result can be backed at 15/2. Three of their last five league wins have been by that scoreline. They have four clean sheets in seven home fixtures and Barcelona to win to nil with Coral is going to have appeal in this one because of the lowly position of Deportivo.
Barcelona won this home fixture 4-0 last season but did lose out on the road against their opponent. That has been their only loss in their last fourteen fixtures against Deportivo in the Spanish top flight. The Catalans have gone W3 D3 in their last six at the Nou Camp against them. Barcelona have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight league games against Deportivo and over 3.5 goals is a quote of 8/15. Barcelona have opened the scoring in 11 of their 15 league games so far this season and they have been ahead at the break in eight of those. Lionel Messi has scored ten of his 14 league goals this season on home soil in the top flight so far and he is the 6/4 Coral First Goalscorer option for the game. In total Barca have scored 22 goals in their seven home games and have only conceded the four. 71% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals and 43% of those have gone over 3.5 goals at the Nou Camp.
Deportivo have been having a difficult season with just the four victories on the board so far. They have really struggled on the road with a W1 D2 L4 record having been posted. They have conceded at a rate of exactly two goals per game in the Spanish top flight so far and 71% of their road games have gone above the 2.5 goal line. Deportivo have failed to score and seven of their last ten league games against Barcelona and both teams not to score at Coral returns a price of 4/5 which is pretty decent value all things considered. Deportivo have conceded the opening goal in 73% of their matches and they are likely to do so in this one. They have lost their last two road games, suffering defeats at Malaga and Sevilla and they have conceded at least two goals in each of their four away defeats this term. They are going to have their hands full on Saturday to stay in this one at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona came through a tough test away from home last weekend and they should be strong enough to collect a victory in this one back at home. They are going to be value to do it to nil as well as Deportivo have been having their struggles this season.
14th December 2017 / lee - Category: Betting News
Barcelona have had a couple of setbacks in La Liga recently, having drawn their last two league games. They still have a comfortable lead at the top of the table though, but this will be another big test for them. Villareal have had a decent season, but they will be looking to spark themselves back into life after losing their last two and losing a little ground to the top five. Barcelona are 4/7 odds on with Paddy Power to take the win, with the draw at 10/3 and Villarreal out at 17/4.
Villarreal have just started to lose a bit of ground to the top five with a lack of wins recently. The Yellow Submarines have gone W1 D2 L2 in their last five league games and go into this one having suffered back to back defeats against Sevilla and Leganes and they shipped three goals exactly in both of those losses as well. Villarreal’s home from is W4 D1 L1 and they were on a great three match winning streak there before Sevilla, who are a place above them in the league standings, took a win at El Madrigal. Villarreal have averaged over two goals per game on home soil this season still and they have conceded only the four goals on home turf. Considering that three of those were in that loss against Sevilla, they have done well, keeping a clean sheet in 67% of their home league games this season. They have not been losing at half time in a home game this season and under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power may be worth considering.
79% of their home goals have come in the second half of matches and 75% of their goals conceded at El Madrigal have been after the break. Cedric Bakambu is their top scorer with eight league goals and he is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option. Last season Villarreal held out for a 1-1 draw at home against Barcelona and that is back to back home draws that they have taken against the Catalans now. They are D3 L2 in their last five on home soil against Barcelona in the league and the two defeats in that sequence were both by a one goal margin only, so this has every chance of being tight. Both teams to score at Paddy Power is worth a look as that had happened in six of the last seven games between the two in all competitions. With Barcelona not looking quite as sharp as they were earlier in the season, Villarreal have to really be looking at a point in this one.
Barcelona have drawn four of their last seven out on the road in all competitions and were frustrated at home in a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo last weekend in the Spanish top flight. That is back to back draws for them in the league now. That early season swagger has diminished a little bit, but they are still unbeaten and have come through some stern tests unscathed, banking 1-1 draws at both Atletico Madrid and Valencia in their campaign so far, and they were really unlucky not to win at Valencia recently. Overall Barcelona are W5 D2 this season from their seven away games and as usual Lionel Messi is the BetVictor first goalscorer favourite at 2/1 as he looks to add to his 13 goal haul for the season. Even though they haven’t lost away this season they have been losing at half time in two of their road games. Barcelona have averaged two goals per game exactly on their travels and have only conceded the three goals away from the Nou Camp.
The draw could have some appeal in this one as the last two between these at El Madrigal have ended in a La Liga draw. Barcelona have just fallen a little bit short in their last two wins, even though they were just a little unlucky not to win at Valencia in their last away game. The 1-1 correct score could have good appeal.
9th December 2017 / lee - Category: Betting News