FC Barcelona travled to El Madrigal this Sunday night as they took on Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga game. This game had significant important on title race as anything but a win for Barcelona will stretch Real Madrid’s lead at the top to 6 points with a game in hand. Barcelona’s shaky season continued and they found themselves a goal down just after the break and never looked like scoring from than on.
Villarreal 1-1 FC Barcelona Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
50′ 1 – 0 Nicola Sansone scored just after the break to put Villarreal in lead. A deserved lead to say the least.
90′ 1 – 1 Lionel Messi scores yet another sublime freekick late in second half to earn his team a hard fought draw.
Villarreal on the other hand are no pushovers and they can go within just a point of second place Barcelona if they can register a win at home this Sunday. From whatever angel you look at this game, it holds significant important as far as top of the table is concerned. Anything but a win for Barcelona will open up a 5-6 points gap and they might get tangled in top 4 race considering Sevilla, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and even Sociedad fighting it for top 4 finish.
Last time these two meet was back in March 2016 when Villarreal came from 2-0 down to draw level 2-2 on the night. We can expect another high scoring game and a surprise win for home side at El Madrigal.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Preview: Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar all started in midway action against Bilbao in Copa Del Rey and we can safely assume all of them will start on Sunday against Villarreal as well. Barcelona’s woes are mainly in defense where they can not just find a consistent back four. Constant chopping and changing has left a big back four confused.
Lionel Messi has been in absolute beast form since returning from injury earlier in the season while Suarez and Neymar also keeping their impeccable form having scored more than 100 goals between the front trio. Villarreal on the other hand might not be devastating going forward but they do have a extremely tight defense at home conceding only 8 goals at home and 23 overall in the season. So if you are expecting another goal fest in this game you might very well be disappointed as Villarreal is a solid defense unit who will make it very hard for Barcelona to break them down.
Match predictions: Barcelona are favourite to win every game they play not only in La Liga but also in Europe as well and thats down to absolute magical form of front three who have scored more than 100 goals between them. But law of average is going to catch up with Barcelona sooner or later I expect Villarreal to produce a shock result here. I am going with a 2-1 win for Villarreal.
Barcelona continue their absolute beast form going strong after they looked to have finished off Villarreal after Rakitic putaway side 1-0 up in just 21st minute and Neymar added the second just before the break via penalty. Barcelona dominated the game in first 45 minute but Villarreal came storming back into the game with two quick goals in second half coming through Cedric Bakambu and Jeremy Mathieu own goal.
First half goals from Rakitic and Neymar put Barcelona 2-0 before the break but Villarreal scored two early goal in second half to make things interesting for best part of last 30 odd minutes. But neither side could add to their tally as match ended in 2-2 draw.
Villarreal 2-2 FC Barcelona Highlights
[Spanish Primera Liga, Sunday, 20th march 2016 ]
21′ 0 – 1 Ivan Rakitic
41′ 0 – 2 (pen.) Neymar
58′ 1 – 2 Cedric Bakambu
63′ 2 – 2 Jeremy Mathieu (o.g.)