Villarreal - Barcelona Betting Preview: Back the hosts to get amongst the goals

Our man in Spain Phil Kitromilides has been impressed with Villarreal and believes the Yellow Submarine are excellent value at 9/4 to score two or more goals against the Blaugrana
El Madrigal has long since been one of the toughest grounds in Spain for the top teams to visit. Last season La Liga winners Atletico Madrid could only manage a 1-1 draw there while European champions Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 stalemate.

Barcelona meanwhile were comprehensively outplayed in the first half only to produce an extraordinary
comeback with Lionel Messi' late goal earning them a 3-2 win having trailed 2-0.

The point being that this is one of the toughest games of the season for the Blaugrana yet Unibet still make them the clear favorites pricing them at 11/20 (1.55) for the win.

The hosts for their part are offered at 19/4 (5.75) to pick up the three points while the draw is available at 33/10 (4.33).

Given their excellent home record and their superb form (11 matches unbeaten including La Liga, friendlies and Europa League) there must be some value in backing Villarreal in some way.

Both teams to score is a solid option which paid out in both of the sides' meetings last season but at 31/50 (1.62) it is perhaps only for the most hardened of punters.

Instead for those looking for some higher options the price of 9/4 (3.25) for Villarreal to score over 1.5 goals is well worthy of consideration.

This bet has already paid out in the three competitive matches that the Yellow Submarine have contested this season and while Barca will be a tough prospect, Villarreal are more than capabale of causing the Catalans' new look defence some problems really going for it, which in turn should mean goals.

Villarreal to score over 1.5 goals at 9/4 (3.25) for a 1.5pt stake with Unibet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid