Villarreal vs Barca: Predictions, team news & likely lineups

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 01/04/2019

Barcelona will travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica to take on Villarreal in La Liga encounter on Tuesday night. 

La Blaugrana are coming off a 2-0 win against Espanyol on Saturday in which Lionel Messi scored a brace and secured 40 goals for the tenth straight season. Villarreal took a two-goal lead in their match against Celta Vigo but ultimately lost the match 3-2 following a late penalty. 

Barcelona sits at the top of the table, 10 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, while the Yellow Submarine are just one point above the relegation zone following their loss at the weekend. 

Team News

Barcelona will again be without 21-year-old winger Ousmane Dembele as the Frenchman continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered against Lyon in the Champions League round of 16. The team is confident that Dembele will be fit to return for their Champions League clash with Manchester United on 10 April.

The Blaugrana are still waiting for an update on backup keeper Jasper Cillessen who hurt his hip earlier in the week but are confident he will be fit for the clash. 

Villarreal have been hit with the injury bug in recent weeks and will have to wait until matchday to know if Bruno Soriano, Javi Fuego, Jaume Costa and Gerard Moreno are fit to play against Barcelona.

Head to Head

The two clubs have faced off 41 times since the 1998/99 season with Barcelona holding a commanding lead in the fixture. The Catalan club have won 24 times while Villarreal have taken home eight matches for themselves. The other nine games between the sides have ended in a draw.

When the squads faced off at the beginning of December, Barcelona took home all three points when they won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Pique and Carlos Alena.

Recent Form

Barca have been in fine form of late, losing only once since the final day of January in the Supercopa de Catalunya final to Girona. The Blaugrana have won all six of their previous  La Liga matches and will be looking to extend this streak against the Yellow Submarine. 

Despite throwing away a two-goal lead in their previous match, Villarreal had won all four of their matches prior to the game against Celta Vigo. The squad advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals after defeating Zenit by an aggregate score of 5-2 in the round of 16. 

Predicted Lineups Villarreal: Asenjo; Ruiz, Gonzalez, Mario; Alfonso, Cazorla, Morlanes, Quintilla, Iborra, Chukwueze; Toko Ekambi

Predicted Lineups ​Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Coutinho, Suarez, Messi

Score prediction: Villarreal 0-3 Barcelona