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The La Liga meeting at Estadio de la Cerámica on Saturday sees home side Villarreal welcoming opponents Barcelona.
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Villarreal will be looking for an improved result here after the 0-2 Champions League loss in their previous game against Manchester United.
In that match, Villarreal had 51% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, Manchester United had 11 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Cristiano Ronaldo (78') and Jadon Sancho (90') scored for Manchester United.
Under three goals per game were seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Villarreal have taken part. With regard to the goal attribution in this period, their opponents scored an aggregate of 8 while Villarreal managed a tally of 7.
Their previous form shows that Villarreal:
- haven't beaten Barcelona in their previous 24 league matches. They'll surely be desperate to put an end to that run.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 home league matches.
In their previous game, Barcelona drew 0-0 in the Champions League tie with Benfica.
In that game, Barcelona managed 65% possession and 14 shots on goal with 3 on target. Benfica had 6 shots on goal with 2 on target.
In 5 of the prior 6 games featuring Barcelona, a notably low volume of goals have been struck between them and opposing teams. The overall average number of goals per game in that spell works out to a paltry 1.83, with the number of goals averaged by Barça being 1. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Pre-game facts show that Barcelona:
- remain unbeaten by Villarreal when they've played them away from home in the last 12 league matches. Travelling fans must really look forward to this fixture.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head results stretching back to 02/12/2018 reveals that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Villarreal. They have not managed to register any wins whatsoever while Barcelona have been too good for them, running out winners in 83 per cent of those ties.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 25 overall at an average of 4.17 goals per match.
The last league clash featuring these clubs was La Liga match day 32 on 25/04/2021 when the final score was Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona.
That time, Villarreal had 43% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player to score was Samuel Chukwueze (26').
On the other side, Barcelona got 15 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Antoine Griezmann (28', 35') scored.
The referee was Carlos Del Cerro Grande.
Team News: Villarreal
The Villarreal manager Unai Emery will be grateful to have no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash owing to a completely healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Barcelona
Owing to a completely healthy group available for selection, the Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández does not have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match.
We’ve got the feeling that Barcelona and Villarreal may well both score, with little between these two teams.
It appears that a draw might be on the cards. We’re therefore seeing a tight encounter with a 1-1 score draw after 90 minutes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Mario Gaspar
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Unai Emery
Competitions: La Liga position 12, Champions League (Group F), UEFA Super Cup (Final)
⭐ Key Man: Manu Trigueros
Mostly taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Manu Trigueros was born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain. Having made a first senior appearance for Villarreal CF B in the 2011 - 2012 season, the skilful Midfielder has accumulated 3 league goals in this LaLiga 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 12 appearances.