FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal / La Liga – The leading Barcelona, which has secured the title of the champion and the sixth Villarreal, which needs one more victory to secure placement in Europa League, which was their goal this season, are finally playing their match in the 34th round of Spanish Championship. These two teams are in excellent shape and the Catalans are five games without a defeat, while Villarreal is undefeated in the previous four duels. In the first part of the season, the Catalans celebrated with 2-0 in their mutual duel. Begins: 09.05.2018. – 20:00 CET
Barcelona has won both trophies in their domestic competitions and since they were eliminated from the Champions League, this season is practically finished. It cannot be said that it is unsuccessful, because they have dominated at home, but they still have regrets for the Champions League and that match in Rome, which they played very badly and lost with 3-0, thus losing three goals advantage from the first part. They can be especially sad because it was one of only two defeats this season, and as a satisfaction to them, the fact remains that they could end the entire championship without a lost match, which is really commendable.
On Sunday they played El Clasico against Real and were not defeated in that match, although they had lesser players through the entire second half of the game. They had the lead twice and they did not manage to keep it, but we have to say that they scored the second goal for final 2-2, when Roberto was already excluded. He will not be able to perform in this duel and Semedo will probably jump in, while Paulinho and Dembel could also be refreshments.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Semedo, Pique(Vermaelen), Umtiti, J.Alba – Busquets, Rakitić, Paulinho – Messi, L.Suarez, Dembele
Villarreal played a derby last weekend against their big rival Valencia, but they, unlike Barcelona, managed to celebrate and are now very close to securing placement in Europa League. They secretly hoped that maybe they could go to the Champions League, but the championship was happening in such a way that is soon became clear that it was not real and they were left with the fight for the fifth or sixth place. They may still be the fifth till the end, but it is more important to preserve the current position and considering the current form, it should not be difficult.
Four wins without defeat and after a row against Sevilla, they have made three wins, while they played all three games in their field. Two rounds ago, they defeated Celta with 4-1 and thus excluded themselves from the fight for Europe, while the victory over Valencia was very special, though the opponent secured the Champions League next season and was relieved in that match. Mario has brought them a triumph in the finish, and the team was the same as against Celta. Now, J.Costa should replace Rukavina.
Probable lineups Villarreal: S.Asenjo – Mario, V.Ruiz, A.Gonzalez, J.Costa – Rodri, Trigueros – Castillejo, Cheryshev, Raba – Bacca
FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal PICK
Barcelona has another objective till the end, and that is to end championship without defeat, which is why they will in this match play a game without a lot of calculations, while Villarreal does not have any special imperative, so we expect a lot of goals at Nou Camp.
Pick: over 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)