FC Barcelona vs Villarreal : Match preview
A top four clash to relish occurs as top of the table Barcelona make a trip to El Madrigal to face the fourth place team Villarreal on match day 30.
Both teams enter the FC Barcelona vs Villarreal match following the midweek European ties as both successfully flew the Spanish flag into the last eight of their individual competitions.
Barcelona faced Arsenal in the Champions League clash at home and did away with a sincere Gunners side thanks to goals from each of their treasured forward trident Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Villarreal had to work really hard for their place in the quarter finals as they just traveled to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen and somehow moved into the next round owing to a nil-all draw against the Bundesliga squad.
What will likely have a significant influence on the FC Barcelona vs Villarreal match is the gap between games for these sides, as Barca just played at home on Wednesday while Villarreal traveled away on Thursday and putting the home time at a severe disadvantage.
The Yellow Submarine are looking forward to bouncing back from consecutive league defeats but that will really be quite the tough ask against the league’s formidable side.
Villarreal have no new injury troubles though will be without first team members Mateo Musacchio, Jaume Costa and Jonathon Dos Santos who stay on the sideline. Despite being the home squad in the FC Barcelona vs Villarreal encounter Marcelino will likely opt for his preferable defensive XI that he likes to use away from El Madrigal which will imply a third successive start for the midfield pivot pair of Bruno and Tomas Pina.
There should be little surprises in Luis Enrique’s squad as they chase a tenth consecutive victory in all competitions. The coach will be looking to his first choice XI to get by the home team and put the onus even further in comparison on second placed Atletico Madrid to chase his side down.