Barcelona vs Villarreal prediction and betting tips (October 20)
Last week wasn’t good for Xavi’s men following the draw in the UCL and the loss in the El Clasico. Barcelona are determined to turn things around in their next fixture against Villarreal.
Fati came off the bench and created the goal Torres scored in the last match against Madrid
Fati came off the bench and created the goal Torres scored in the last match against Madrid
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Barcelona host Villarreal in Round 10 of the 2022-23 La Liga season.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 20 October 2022. The match venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Latest odds on betting sites

Barcelona to win odds are priced at 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.50 (+350; 7/2), while Villarreal to win odds are priced at 6.00 (+500; 5/1).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Barcelona — 66%, draw — 20%, Villarreal — 14%.

Latest betting odds on Barcelona vs Villarreal (20 October 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Asian handicap (-1.0, -1.5) on Barcelona — 2.08 (+108; 27/25)
  • Asian handicap (+1.0, +1.5) on Villarreal — 1.83 (-120; 5/6)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.66 (-150; 2/3)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)

Match preview and statistics

FC Barcelona are second in the league table with 22 points and a +17 goal difference. They have two wins, a draw and two losses in the previous five games. Barca lost 1-3 to Real Madrid in their last game.

They had 57% possession, 2.16 expected goals (xG), 18 total shots, two big chances, 488 accurate passes, 89% pass accuracy, 14 fouls, four offsides, three corners and two yellow cards. Ferran Torres pulled one back for La Blaugrana in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Barcelona team news: Ronald Araujo, Memphis Depay, Hector Bellerin and Andreas Christensen are sidelined due to injuries.

Villarreal are seventh in the league table with 15 points and a +9 goal difference. They have three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five games. The Yellow Submarine beat Osasuna 2-nil in the last game.

Arnaut Danjuma scored in the 42nd minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolas Jackson following a fast break. Danjuma doubled the lead from the penalty spot. He converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

They had 58% possession, 1.55 expected goals (xG), 12 total shots, three big chances, nine shots on target, 347 accurate passes, 83% pass accuracy, 14 fouls, five offsides, eight corners and two yellow cards.

Villarreal team news: Francis Coquelin, Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth are doubtful.

Barcelona vs Villarreal H2H

In the last six meetings, Barcelona have five wins, while Villarreal have one win. The Yellow Submarine beat Barca 2-nil in the last meeting.

Lineups and key players

Barcelona projected starting lineup:

  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
  • Sergi Roberto
  • Ronald Araujo
  • Eric Garcia
  • Alex Balde
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Pablo Gavi
  • Pedri
  • Ousmane Dembele
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati is the key player to watch out for. He should get his chance in the starting lineup this time. Fati came off the bench and created the goal Torres scored in the last match against Madrid. Barca need more of this in the next match.

Villarreal projected starting lineup:

  • Geronimo Rulli
  • Aissa Mandi
  • Raul Albiol
  • Pau Torres
  • Alfonso Pedraza
  • Yeremi Pino
  • Manu Morlanes
  • Daniel Parejo
  • Giovani Lo Celso
  • Arnaut Danjuma
  • Nicolas Jackson

Arnaut Danjuma is the key player to watch out for. He had a very good game in the last fixture against Osasuna, scoring two goals. Danjuma needs to pick up his scoring boots again and maintain the form.

Prediction and betting tips

Barcelona have struggled in their last two matches, drawing a must-win game with Inter and losing the El Clasico. Sure, their form must have dropped. Villarreal have won three of their last four games and won two back-to-back games ahead of the Round 10 fixture.

The Yellow Submarine have won Barca only once in the previous six h2h games. La Blaugrana won five of those. The predictions for this match are Barcelona (-1.0), and over 2.5 goals. Barca have the home advantage and it’s the perfect avenue for them to bounce back. Expecting a good game from Xavi’s men, but the Visitors will give them a headache as well.

Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.0) on Barcelona
Odds: 1.74 (-135 American; 20/27 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.53 (-188 American; 25/47 Fractional)

Barcelona — Villarreal
Asian handicap (-1.0) on Barcelona
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