When the away club last season overtook Real Madrid and won the Spanish championship, it sent shockwaves throughout European football. Few anticipated Barca to return so quickly and in such a dominant form, but there was never any question they would go back to where they wanted to be and ensure a competitive La Liga.
The defending champions are setting the tone early by heading to Villarreal undefeated. The top experts can’t see past Barca winning two consecutive titles, and if their first two games are any indication, it will be difficult to dethrone them. Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, to name a couple, have their work cut out for them. However, the visitors’ track record isn’t as spotless as many had hoped.
Camp Nou’s defense got the curtain call after a lackluster road draw with Getafe. Many had predicted an easy victory for them in this match, one in which they would get off to a fast start by picking up three points, putting on a show, and scoring a few goals. Neither team put out enough effort to win, and the game ended scoreless.
They learned from their mistakes from the first game and defeated Cadiz at home. Although the opening goal didn’t come until 82 minutes in, the show was stolen by Pedri and Torres. Sunday’s crowd expects the same thing as every week.
Barcelona is the clear favorite on paper to win. They have more points on the board, are the defending champions, and have the higher-quality team. Even though they struggled in the first game, this team has plenty of room for development. If they keep improving like this against Villarreal, they should have enough talent to win.
Even on their own turf, the home team is still the underdog, but the support of the audience helps them keep their heads up and win. The defense must stand by the players, and the offense must take chances. A difficult challenge against Barca’s stout defense and a fast-breaking opponent.
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Villarreal vs Barcelona Game Information
- Date: 08/27/2023
- Time: 11:30 AM ET
- Location: Estadio de la Cerámica (Villarreal).
- How to Watch Villarreal vs Barcelona: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv