Barcelona sit atop the La Liga standings with thirty-six points, in spite of two draws in their last two games and look the favorites to be the title winners, especially since Real Madrid have been pretty inconsistent so far in the season.
Valencia are a close second in the league standings while Real Madrid won convincingly last night, yet Barcelona have been the team to beat this season.
Villarreal are placed sixth in the league table, having won only two of their previous six games. They lost both of their two previous matches, to Sevilla and Leganes, conceding twice in each of those games.
Andres Fernandez, Denis Cheryshev and Nicola Sansone are sidelined through injuries for Villarreal while Barcelona will be without the injured Rafinha, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umiti.
Villarreal Possible Starting Lineup: Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Alvaro Gonzalez, Victor Ruiz, Jaume Costa, Manu Trigueros, Rodri, Roberto Soriano, Pablo Fornals, Cedric Bakambu, Carlos Bacca.
Barcelona Possible Starting Lineup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermalaen, Jordi Alba, Paulinho, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andre Gomes, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.
According to Villarreal vs Barcelona H2H Stats, Barcelona have won three and drawn two of their previous five encounters with Villarreal. In fact, Barcelona are undefeated in their last eighteen matches against Villarreal in all competitions.
Barcelona have scored at least twice in nineteen of their last twenty-one La Liga matches while Villarreal have netted a minimum of two goals in eleven of their previous thirteen league fixtures, so it should be a high scoring affair.
Moreover, Barcelona are undefeated in their last twenty-one league matches and are the favorites tonight.
A 2-1 win for Barcelona is the most likely result today.