Barcelona will welcome Villarreal to the Camp Nou on Thursday as both teams prepare for midweek action on Matchday 10. Barcelona are coming off a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid last weekend. , marking their first loss of the season as Madrid take a three-point lead. on top of the table. Villarreal defeated Osasuna 2-0 last week and will be looking to keep that momentum going against a tough opponent.
As with all La Liga games, you can watch all the action live on ESPN+ in the US. The start of the Camp Nou is scheduled for Thursday at 3 pm ET. Let’s take a closer look at this midweek matchup with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Barcelona vs. Villarreal
Date: Thursday, October 20
Weather: 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Television channel: None
live broadcast: ESPN+
Odds, picks and predictions
money line selection: Barcelona-230
Barca are likely still missing several key players in Andreas Christensen, Héctor Bellerin and Memphis Depay, who have both missed time with their respective injuries. It shouldn’t slow them down too much against Villarreal. He has managed to get ahead thanks to the services of Robert Lewandowski, complemented by goals from Pedri and Ferran Torres to keep the club on track.
Lewandowski leads the league in scoring with nine goals in his first nine games as he has no trouble adjusting to his new team after leaving Bayern Munich in the offseason.
Villarreal are not exempt from injuries, as Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth are listed as doubts ahead of Thursday’s game. Francis Coquelin is out with a calf injury. The Yellow Submarine is led by Alex Baena with three goals on the season, while Nicolás Jackson leads the team in assists with two so far. Villarreal have just snapped a four-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Osasuna, thanks to a brace from Arnaut Danjuma.
Villarreal have only been able to record a win against Barca in their last 26 meetings, while Barcelona have prevailed in 19 of those contests. That only win for Villarreal was the last meeting as they ran away with a 2-0 victory on May 22 at the end of last season. Regardless, expect Barcelona to emerge victorious in this one as they will look to Lewandowski to find the back of the net for the first time in La Liga since October 1.
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