Barcelona may be the best side in Spain but if that mantra is to be officially recognised they need to overhaul Real Madrid and defend their La Liga crown.
A pair of recent victories at the otherwise fortified Bernabeu underlines the Catalans’ class, but elsewhere they’ve let numerous points slip on the road to leave themselves five points in Jose Mourinho’s wake.
At home they’ve been virtually blemish-free so if they are to catch and pass Los Galacticos they need to start and not stop a resurgence on their travels, beginning tonight against Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine have plummeted to fourth bottom following a disastrous opening half to the campaign but there have been signs in recent week that new gaffer Jose Molina is steadily turning fortunes around.
In his three games in charge they’ve picked up four points, which is hardly prolific but still a vast improvement on how things were progressing previously.
Barca have conceded over a goal a game in their nine away league fixtures this season so Villarreal to score is not beyond the realms of possibilty. But should they do so, lethal Lionel Messi and co have more than enough firepower to render that redundant.
If Molina is to usher his men away from the drop zone, he will need to maintain their form at El Madrigal. In nine games on home soil, they’ve won four and drawn four, so given Barca’s chequered run outside of the Camp Nou, this should be an intriguing tussle.
However, bwin’s 3Way football betting market still has the Catalans as overwhelming favourites at 13/50 for the win, with Villarreal a hefty 19/2 and the draw at 9/2.
Barca’s travails on their travels have largely been self -nflicted. They threw away a two-goal lead at struggling Sociedad and let Espanyol back in a few weeks ago after spurning a catalogue of chances.
Pep Guardiola’s world beaters undoubtedly have the ability to wrap up games like this and knowing they can ill afford any more lapses in concentration I’m backing them to get the job done here.
They have conceded over a goal a game in their nine away league fixtures this season so Villarreal to score is not beyond the realms of possibilty. But should they do so, lethal Lionel Messi and company have more than enough firepower to render that redundant.
Therefore, my pick of the day is the Barca 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 multiple, which is priced at a scandalously long 29/10.
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Indeed, Barca have won on their last three visits to Castellon, so if you’re confident they will get the job done with aplomb, a Barca win with a 1-0 Villarreal handicap is 7/10, with Barca half-time and full time also 7/10. The champions are 5/4 to win a match containing four or more goals.
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