Barcelona vs Villareal
SUN 27th AUG 2020 – KO 20:00pm
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Sunday night, Barcelona host Villarreal at the Nou Camp, as Ronald Koeman looks to start his career as Blaugrana head coach with a victory in La Liga.
This will be Barcelona’s first league outing of the campaign due to their participation in the latter stages of the Champions League. The home side ended last season’s La Liga campaign in decent form, winning four of their final five league games of the season. They also managed to keep three clean sheets in their final four league matches of the campaign.
Barcelona have been a difficult team to beat at the Nou Camp in La Liga of late, as they have lost just once in 31 matches. However, that one defeat was in a shock 2-1 loss against Osasuna in their last home match of last season.
Unai Emery’s team have taken four points from their opening two La Liga games, drawing with Huesca before recording a 2-1 win over Eibar in their last match in the Spanish top-flight. The latter result means that the Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in three games in La Liga.
However, on the flip-side, the visitors have won just four of their last seven games in the top-flight, despite finishing fifth-place in La Liga last season.
Villarreal have a strong recent away record in the Spanish top-flight, having won four of their previous five league matches on their travels. A 2-1 defeat in their last away game against Real Madrid ended a four-game winning run on the road for the Yellow Submarine.
Barcelona look set to be without Matheus Fernandes, Martin Braithwaite and Marc-Andre ter Stegen through injury.
Villarreal could be without Carlos Bacca, Ramiro Guerra and Alberto Moreno due to various injury problems.