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Villarreal vs Barcelona Betting Tips: Latest odds, team new, preview and predictions

3:04 am AEDT 2/4/19
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The Catalans are 10 points clear at the top of La Liga and we think they will maintain that gap with a win against the struggling Yellow Submarine

Barcelona travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday evening to face a Villarreal side battling to avoid La Liga relegation.

Ernesto Valverde's men recorded a 2-0 Catalan derby win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou on Saturday to remain 10 points clear at the top of the table with nine games left to play.

Villarreal meanwhile squandered a 2-0 lead at fellow strugglers Celta Vigo to lose 3-2 to leave the side from the province of Castellon just a point above the drop zone.

Latest odds

bet365 offer a win for the champions at 4/7 (1.57) and Barcelona have won each of their last four meetings with Villarreal. The hosts for their part can be backed at 17/4 (5.25) with the draw priced at 16/5 (4.20).

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Team news

This is the second of four matches in the space of 12 days for Barcelona with the following two games seeing the Blaugrana face Atletico Madrid in a top of the table La Liga clash, before facing Manchester United in the Champions League quarter finals.

Valverde may therefore chose to rotate his team a little and the likes of Arturo Vidal, Sergi Roberto or even Malcom could all come into the starting line-up. Ousmane Dembele remains injured.

Villarreal are without midfielders Manu Trigueros and Bruno Soriano while striker Gerard Moreno missed the weekend game and is a doubt.

Preview

The home side were not expected to be involved in the relegation battle this season, yet with nine games to go Javi Calleja's side are fighting for their lives.

Last season in securing a Europa League berth the Yellow Submarine won 11 home matches while this term they have triumphed just three times in front of their own fans.

Their defending on Saturday at Celta was far from impressive and there is a great deal of pressure on Villarreal heading into Wednesday's clash with the champions elect.

Barca beat Espanyol at the weekend without having to get out of first gear and while they should be made to work harder at the Estadio de la Ceramica, a similar result should be on the cards.

Tips and predictions

Barcelona to win with a -1 handicap is priced at 13/8 (2.62) and this look like an excellent option. This selection requires the visitors to win by two clear goals in order to be settled as a winner.

This bet has paid out in six of the Blaugrana's last seven games in all competitions and seems generously priced for Wednesday's encounter even with some potential rotation from Valverde factored in.

Odds correct at the time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

Barcelona to win with a -1 handicap at 13/8 (2.62) for a 2pt stake with bet365