Barcelona have fallen behind Real Madrid after a couple of recent slip-ups in La Liga, with the Catalan side drawing games against Sevilla and Celta Vigo which has seen their arch-rivals leapfrog them in the standings and it means that Barca can ill-afford any slip-ups.

Are Barcelona Bankers to Beat Villarreal?

Barcelona restarted the 2019/20 season with a 4-0 thumping of Mallorca and it looked as though they were going to be flawless for the remainder of the campaign after seeing off Leganes. However, Quique Setien’s side have suddenly stopped achieving results at exactly the wrong moment.

They played out a goalless draw away to Sevilla before a slender 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao although that was followed by a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo, with Luis Suarez’s brace not enough to get over the line after their opponents scored a late equaliser.

Therefore, it’s imperative that Barcelona don’t make any more mistakes considering they are now two points behind Real Madrid, with the bookies offering 7/10 that they beat Villarreal in this crunch La Liga clash.

Yellow Submarine Could Be Hard to Beat

Villarreal will be super keen to return to the European big time by qualifying for the Champions League, with the Yellow Submarine having restarted the season in excellent fashion.

Indeed, they have landed four wins and a draw in their five post-lockdown clashes and they most recently saw off Valencia by a 2-0 scoreline. Bet365 are one of the bookies offering 4/1 about the home team obliging at El Madrigal and perhaps they are good enough to hold their illustrious opponents.

With Barca stumbling at the moment, you might do worse than back the draw at 3/1 with Paddy Power, although the team will know they are drinking in last chance saloon and can’t afford to cede any more advantage to Real Madrid.

Is Magical Messi Worth Backing?

When the chips are down, the big players often come to the forefront and Barcelona could use some Messi magic when it comes to this match, with the Argentina legend having failed to find the net in his past three games and perhaps this is the match where he comes to the fore.

Messi has 26 goals for the season and we should expect odds of around 4/1 for the Barcelona star to score the opening goal and perhaps you might get evens that the GOAT finds the net at any time.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We can’t get away from the fact that the lockdown in Spain came at a very good time for a Villarreal team who were suffering three straight defeats and there might have been more, although the Yellow Submarine have now regrouped and they are five matches unbeaten.

If you back the home side with a +1 start on the Asian Handicap betting market, then the only way you lose is if Barcelona win by two goals or more. Similarly, we like both teams to find the net considering the visitors have to be attacking.

We can’t rule out a 2-2 draw happening and we’re also happy to add this to the list.

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