Barcelona have been taking things in their stride and they will be hoping to tick off another three points when they visit Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday.
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The Catalan giants have been in irrepressible form, winning their past seven matches in all competitions, and they are en route to La Liga success under Xavi.
It has taken time for Barca to scale the heights of yesteryear, but they are starting to look like the force of old, which may concern Villarreal.
Let’s not forget that despite a recent wobble, Villarreal are harbouring Champions League ambitions of their own, and they are just four points adrift of the top four.
This sets things up nicely for an intriguing encounter at the Estadio de la Ceramica. To build up excitement for this clash, we have rummaged through the betting markets and picked out a couple of tips for you to mull over.
Barcelona to have a brilliant away day
Compared to recent seasons, Barcelona have looked like a formidable force, and they have been unstoppable at times.
They have only tasted one defeat on the road this term, and that was in a 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid back in October, which exposed a few problems.
But Xavi’s men haven’t looked back since. As mentioned, they have notched up sevens on the trot in all competitions, and they have been watertight at the back, shipping just two goals.
Villarreal are coming off the back of two defeats on the spin against Rayo Vallecano and Elche, and you wonder how they will disrupt Barca’s title charge.
Barca have enjoyed a few emphatic wins in the past few years against Villarreal, and I think they will have another fabulous away day. I have a hunch that Barca will run out 3-1 winners, a price that is available at 14/1 with William Hill.
Raphinha to score a stunner
During his time at Leeds, Raphinha was known for scoring a screamer or two.
The Brazilian, after a slow start to life at the Nou Camp, has picked up the baton in the second half of the campaign, and he has scored three goals in his past six outings in all competitions.
In total, he has registered six goals and three goals, and he is averaging a goal involvement every 107.7 minutes which isn’t too shabby.
Raphinha rounded off the scoring last weekend in the 3-0 victory over Sevilla with a close-range finish, but I have a hunch that he could score with a more spectacular strike against Villarreal.
If you like a special, then bet365 has obliged by advertising odds of 11/1 for him to net outside the box if you wish to take them up on that offer.
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