Barcelona play Villarreal in Round 38 of the 2021-22 La Liga season. This is their last game of the season.
The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday, 22 May 2022. The match venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona.
Latest odds on betting sites
Barcelona to win odds are priced at 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.00 (+300; 3/1), while Villarreal to win odds are priced at 2.70 (+170; 17/10).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Barcelona — 45%, draw — 20%, Villarreal — 35%.
Latest betting odds on Barcelona vs Villarreal (22 May 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.44 (-225; 4/9)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.75 (+175; 7/4)
- Asian handicap (0.0, -0.5) on Barcelona — 2.02 (+102; 51/50)
- Asian handicap (0.0, +0.5) on Villarreal — 1.89 (-112; 25/28)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.40 (-250; 2/5)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.75 (+175; 7/4)
Match preview and statistics
Barcelona are second in the league table with 73 points and a +32 goal difference. They have 21 wins, 10 draws and six losses, scored 68 goals and conceded 36 goals. Barca drew 0-0 with Getafe in their last match.
Top stats: 71% possession, 0.24 expected goals, five total shots, one shot on target, 799 accurate passes, 93% pass accuracy, eight fouls committed, one offside, five corners and two yellow cards.
Xavi’s team was lacking in defence as the starters were either suspended or injured but a draw and clean sheet is a good result. Sergio Busquests help the midfield as the most experienced with 102/114 passes, one dribble, 11/14 long balls, 1/2 tackles, one interception, five recoveries and six won duels.
Barcelona team news: Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Pedri, Sergi Roberto and Sergino Dest are sidelined due to injuries.
Villarreal are seventh in the league table with 56 points and a +24 goal difference. They have 15 wins, 11 draws and 11 losses, scored 61 goals and conceded 37 goals. In their last match, the Yellow Submarine lost 1-2 to Real Sociedad.
Francis Coquelin had given them the lead right before halftime with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross following a corner.
Alexander Isak equalized for La Real in the 56th from close range to the bottom left corner, assisted by Andoni Gorosabel. Martin Zubimendi scored the winner for Sociedad in the 73rd minute with a shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.
Top stats: 49% possession, 1.18 expected goals, 10 total shots, one big chance, four shots on target, 291 accurate passes, 76% pass accuracy, 12 fouls committed, three offsides, four corners and four yellow cards.
Villarreal team news: Gerard Moreno and Alberto Moreno are doubtful for the game.
Barcelona vs Villarreal H2H
Barcelona haven’t lost to Villarreal in the last 23 meetings, with 19 wins and four draws. They won 3-1 in the last meetings. Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho were the goalscorers for Barca, while Samuel Chukwueze pulled one back for the Yellow Submarine.
Lineups and key players
Barcelona projected starting lineup:
- Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
- Dani Alves
- Oscar Mingueza
- Clement Lenglet
- Jordi Alba
- Frenkie de Jong
- Sergio Busquets
- Pablo Gavira
- Ousmane Dembele
- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
- Ferran Torres
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the key player to watch out for. He has had a great impact on the team since he joined in January with 11 goals and one assist in 16 league matches. The Gabonese scored a brace in their last victory against Celta Vigo. Aubameyang should be able to end the season with another goal.
Villarreal projected starting lineup:
- Geronimo Rulli
- Juan Foyth
- Raul Albiol
- Pau Torres
- Pervis Estupinan
- Giovani Lo Celso
- Etienne Capoue
- Daniel Parejo
- Francis Coquelin
- Samuel Chukwueze
- Arnaut Danjuma
Daniel Parejo is the key player to watch out for. He has been one of Villarreal’s best players in the league this season, with nine assists and two goals. Parejo has three assists in the last two games and assisted Coquelin’s goal in the previous match against Real Sociedad. Expecting another goal contribution from the midfielder in this match.
Prediction and betting tips
Barcelona are on a good run, with three wins and a draw in the last four games. Villarreal, on the other hand, have only one win with three losses and a draw in the previous five matches. A win is important for the Yellow Submarine to seal a spot in Europe next season. Barca don’t really need this game like their opponent with the UCL and second spot secured.
La Blaugrana have not lost to the Yellows in 23 matches. They are on a five-game winning streak against them. The last game was quite tough for the Catalunya team. This might be easier as Villarreal are not a side that sits back with the same style as Getafe.
Predictions for this match are Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals. Barcelona have a good record against Villarreal. This is a home match to close out this season, they won’t want to lose in front of the fans. Each of the last six h2h games has ended with at least three goals total.
Betting prediction: Barcelona to win
Odds: 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.44 (-225 American; 4/9 Fractional)