After the passing of former coach Tito Vilanova this week, expect Barcelona to honour the 45-year-old with an emphatic win at Villareal on Sunday to stay in the title race.
To say it was a sombre week-and-a-half for FC Barcelona this week is an understatement. After losing the Copa del Rey to bitter rivals Real Madrid last week the club announced the passing of former manager Tito Vilanova on Friday from throat cancer.
The Spaniard led Barcelona to last year's league title with by posting a record 100-point season, and won an astounding 14 trophies in four years as assistant coach to Pep Guardiola.
Adding to that sentimental motivation is the fact that la Blaugrana need to win to keep pace with both Real and Atletico Madrid for the league title race, and the visitor win looks attractive here.
William Hill has Barca listed at 1.44 to win outright, but a better value pick would be the Barcelona double result in the halftime/flltime selection which is at 2.10. The Catalans are 10-4-3 (W-L-T) on the road this season and are unbeaten against Villareal in their previous nine meetings.
Now, given that seventh-place Villareal holds the final Europa League spot with a seven-point lead over Valencia with four games left, we can expect the home side to come out very strong. This leads to a promising pick that sees a Barcelona win with both teams to score, priced attractively at 2.87 at William Hill.
An outright home win is listed right now at a robust 7.50, while the draw selection is at 4.20.
Lionel Messi is offered at 2.20 to score a brace, while Chilean international Alexis Sanchez is listed at 2.00 to score one during the match.
Messi is third in the league with 26 goals this season, and when the stakes are raised he usually delivers in abundance.
Sanchez has 17 goals from 23 starts and has a 29.3 percent goal/shot ratio. If he gets the starting nod (make sure to check the starting lineups before placing correct scorer bets), definitely consider him.