Barcelona vs. Villarreal Betting Preview – La Liga, September 27, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| September 25, 2020 3:28 pm PDT

The third round of the Spanish La Liga will close down Sunday, September 27, with the marquee matchup at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Villarreal.

The sports bettors and soccer fans are certainly excited to see Barcelona in action for the first time this season. Barca has a new head coach in Ronald Koeman, and the reigning vice-champs are still a mystery, as their first two games of the season have been postponed.

On the other side, Villarreal collected four points through the first two rounds, so the visitors promise a great battle Sunday even though they are considered as huge underdogs. I’m bringing you the best Barcelona vs. Villarreal betting pick and tips, so let’s take a closer look.

Barcelona vs. Villarreal Odds

Barcelona to Win-189
Villarreal to Win+500
Over 3.0-130
Under 3.0+114

You won’t see -189 odds on Barcelona at home too often. Actually, you might see it two or three more times during the season, and Barca is usually a much stronger fave at Camp Nou.

Still, the bookies expect Villarreal to find the net, setting -175 odds on both teams to score which is also unusual for Barca’s home games. The Yellow Submarine have found the net in six of their previous eight visits to Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs. Villarreal Preview

Villarreal started the 2020-21 La Liga season with a 1-1 home draw with Huesca, failing to satisfy -200 odds. The Yellow Submarine bounced back last weekend and defeated Eibar 2-1 as -175 home favorites.

After a goalless first half, Villarreal was trailing early in the second, but Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer scored a couple of goals in just eight minutes to help their team avoid another upset.

The Yellow Submarine kept the ball in possession for almost 60 percent of the time and took 14 shots towards Eibar’s goalie. However, they showed some defensive flaws that could be critical against Barca on the road.

On the other side, Barcelona has played some friendly games over the last two weeks, preparing for their opening contest against Villarreal. They’ve defeated Gimnastic 3-1, Girona 3-1, and Elche 1-0.

Lionel Messi scored a brace against Girona, and the Argentinian magician will continue to lead Barcelona’s frontline. Barca’s fans certainly expect a lot from him, but Messi will need more help from Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, and Philippe Coutinho.

Ronald Koeman cannot count on his starting goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen (knee), while all other important first-team players are ready to go.

Barcelona vs. Villarreal Pick

I was shocked when Barca appointed Koeman as a new head coach. Ronald is their former player, but the 57-year-old tactician hasn’t enjoyed a lot of success as a manager.

Anyway, Barcelona had to change something after a disastrous 2019-20 season. Back in August, Barca suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, so Koeman certainly has a lot of work to do with his new team.

Anyway, I think that embarrassing loss will motivate Barcelona’s players to open the new La Liga season on a high note. Villarreal is a tricky rival to beat, for sure, but the visitors are still away from their top form, especially on the defensive end.

Therefore, I’m backing Barcelona to win, although the odds are not too tempting. Still, I won’t risk with a 1.5-goal spread, as Barca failed to cover in four of its last six outings in all competitions.

  • Barcelona to Win



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