As part of the 15th round of the Spanish La Liga, there will be a match between Villarreal and Barcelona. This match will be the first away match for the new manager of the Catalans Xavi and, undoubtedly, a serious test. Well, for Unai Emery’s charges, there is an excellent opportunity to reduce their gap from Barca to 1 point.
Villarreal is not as good at the start of the season as it was last year. At the moment, Unai Emery’s team is on the 12th line with only 16 points. In the last 5 rounds, “Yellow Submarine” scored 5 points with a negative goal difference (-2).
We can say that the team focused on the Champions League, where in Group F it shares the first line with Manchester United. However, Villarreal has two difficult matches with Manchester United and Atalanta for tickets to the Playoffs of the tournament ahead.
In the last match of La Liga against Celta on the road, Emery’s charges lost points, having played in a 1: 1 draw. The team was in complete control of the meeting, but lost the lead on 72 minutes. The yellows did not have enough strength to recoup. And this is one of the key problems of the Unai Emery team. Even at the end of the last season, it was noticeable that the team lacked freshness. Let me remind you that in the summer maintenance, Villarreal did not really strengthen, moreover, it sold some key players.
But one of the transfers is working pretty well. 24-year-old striker Danjum acquired from the English Bournemouth has become an indispensable attacking force for the team. At the moment, the striker is the team’s top scorer. He has 5 goals and one assist in La Liga, as well as 2 goals in the Champions League.
Danjuma, who helped his team to reach the World Cup
Barça played their first match under the guidance of the former player and legend of the club Xavi. The debut for the Spanish specialist turned out to be victorious, albeit with a minimal advantage. Espanyol was beaten 1: 0 at the home arena. The victory is absolutely fair and deserved.
Of the remarkable, two players born in 2004 entered the field in the starting lineup of Barcelona. One of them is already on a permanent basis for the leopard at the base of Gavi. And also the first debutant of the Xavi era, 17-year-old Ilyas Akhomakh. The head coach of Barcelona is interested in working with youth. He surrounds them with the experience of more established players and in such an atmosphere grows talent.
“All players start from scratch. But this is an advantage, because I even know which sock they wear first. We have to demand a lot from them, and I will put pressure on them harder because I know them, ”said Xavi, noting that veterans must prove their place in the roster in competition with young people and vice versa.
As for the match itself, the goal was scored from the 11-meter mark by Memphis Depay. There are still many questions about the game, but the changes are already noticeable, albeit not significant.
Barcelona players born in 2004 Gavi and Achomach
The match will be shown live on the Match Football 1 channel, and a text broadcast will also be available on the Sports.ru website.
- Home win odds are 2.72.
- Bookmakers give odds to Victoria Barca 2.64
- According to the experts of our website, Barcelona’s victory is more likely. The Catalans can take advantage of the unstable form of the hosts, given their emotional uplift after the arrival of a new manager.
- In the last 4 head-to-head meetings, Barcelona has consistently emerged victorious.
Villarreal to win