Villarreal vs FC Barcelona is in my opinion an absolute cracker of the seventeenth round of play in the Spanish Primera Division. FC Barcelona should win but Villarreal take a very tough opponent.
Villarreal: Yellow shirts are again strong
Villarreal can differ reputation, budget and material players admittedly not beat FC Barcelona, but the difference with the upcoming opponent is only five points. That says a lot about the shape of FC Barcelona, but also on that of Villarreal. The yellow shirts running another strong season and with players like Trigueros, Sansone and Bruno Soriano various clappers that would be out of place in any top European club. Captain Bruno Soriano has trained this week separately, but the cracker against FC Barcelona does not appear to be jeopardized. That is excellent news, because he is the absolute engine in midfield.
A glance at the rankings shows us quickly where the good results of Villarreal is based on. El Submarino Amarillo got this season in sixteen rounds of play until eleven against hits to the ears, least of all clubs throughout the Primera Division. The same defense was previously, however this week in the first leg of the Copa del Rey to embarrass meditating in the 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad – especially the 2-0 would not look out of place in a TV program like My Funniest Home Videos. Goalkeeper Asenjo and defender Mario bumped into each other, then Real Sociedad striker Vela leather simple could work into the empty goal. The yellow-shirts seem a successful run in the cup so he could forget and can now fully focus on the Primera Division. Coach Fran Escriba will in any case took office at full strength and looking confidently ahead to Sunday: “We want to keep the small areas. We know what we have to do, though it is often difficult to put your ideas into practice. However, I think we are able to FC Barcelona to hurt. ”
Probable lineup Villarreal
Asenjo; Costa, Victor Ruiz, Musacchio, Mario; Castillejo, Trigueros, Bruno Soriano, Jonathan Dos Santos; Sansone, Pato
Barcelona: The Catalans play from now only finals
FC Barcelona are on their own for the rest of the season but finals on the program. With a gap of three points and a game more played at Real Madrid, the Catalans can not simply point loss afford. When damage to the Madrigal runs the virtual backlog to eight points or more while the common result after the 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou is also to the detriment of the Blaugrana. Villarreal from traditionally difficult, but the star ensemble of coach Luis Enrique must somehow got to draw the victory over.
The start of 2017 promises little good in any case, and despite the presence of Messi, Suarez and Neymar FC Barcelona went Thursday night in the Copa del Rey 2-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao. Rakitic found it afterwards required to deliver the referee: “If the arbitrator back later to see the images, he will undoubtedly look bad.” Although it was the Catalans not count, though they would do better to look themselves in the mirror. Especially in the first half the visitors in midfield were overrun was hardly achieved by the much brighter Athletic Bilbao, La MSN. In the second half tapped FC Barcelona a different tune, came remained famed tiki-taka omitted. Or that on Sunday it will come is still questionable. Rakitic the last few weeks no longer certain of a starting place, while the Catalan sports daily Sport thinks Denis Suarez will come to Iniesta in the squad. Slightly spicy, because until last season had Denis Suarez’s shirt Villarreal to the shoulders. However, I would personally prefer to see Iniesta in place.
Probable lineup Barcelona
Ter Stegen; Digne, Mascherano, Pique, Sergi Roberto; Denis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, André Gomes; Neymar, Suarez, Messi