Barcelona take on hard-to-beat Villarreal in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. Don't miss our BARCELONA v VILLARREAL match preview with betting tips, predictions, odds, probable line-ups, free bets, streaming info and betting promotions on the match!
BARCELONA v VILLARREAL BETTING PREVIEW
Barça and Yellow Submarine have already faced each other twice in the league this season, with Barca winning both in hard-fought affairs. In fact, this match takes place 10 days on from Barca securing an very tough 3-2 win over Villarreal in La Liga at Camp Nou, despite twice falling behind.
Barcelona have won last nine matches in all competitions, scoring impressive 34 goals in the process, with weekend’s 5-2 triumph over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames acting as another confidence boost.
Ter Stegen is likely to return as cup goalkeeper and Javier Mascherano and Andrés Iniesta will start the match in place of Jeremy Mathieu and Xavi. Martin Montoya and Douglas Pereira are struggling through physical concerns, while Thomas Vermaelen is still injured.
Villarreal are sixth in the table, a point behind Sevilla and three behind fourth placed Valencia. They are again challenging for Champions League positions, while their Copa del Rey and Europa League runs have been quite impressive as well.
Marcelino rested several keys players in his team’s 2-0 victory over Granada and so Mario Gaspar, Jonathan dos Santos, Denis Cheryshev and Luciano Vietto are set to be recalled. Tomas Pina should partner Bruno in the centre of midfield while Uche will be the other forward along with Vietto.
Barcelona have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Villarreal in all competitions scoring at least 2 goals in their last 4 home encounters against the Yellow Submarine.
BARCELONA v VILLARREAL PROBABLE LINEUPS
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
VILLARREAL (4-4-2): Asenjo – Mario, Musacchio, Ruiz, Costa – Cheryshev, Pina, Bruno, J. Dos Santos – Vietto, Uche.
BARCELONA v VILLARREAL BEST ODDS
|BARCELONA|| 1.25 with||Bet £10, win £12.50|
|THE DRAW|| 7.50 with||Bet £10, win £75.00|
|VILLARREAL|| 15.00 with||Bet £10, win £150.00|
BARCELONA v VILLARREAL PREDICTIONS
- Barcelona to win by one @ 4.80
- Both teams to score @ 1.91
- 3-2 Correct Score @ 29.00
- Penalty awarded YES @ 3.40
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