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Villarreal vs Barcelona – First goal to make the difference

| 02.04.2011

First goals in games are always crucial, but for Villarreal it could be the difference between beating Barcelona or not.

Match Odds

Villarreal are 4/1 in the La Liga betting to beat Barcelona, which could be a big price for a team that tends to be strong on their own patch.

Juan Carlos Garrido’s team have won 11 of their 15 home fixtures this season and have tasted defeat just once.

However, they have the problem of scoring against a Barcelona team that are unbeaten on the road and have conceded just six goals in these 14 encounters.

Meanwhile, their chances will also be aided by the fact that Xavi will be missing from the Barcelona midfield because of suspension and Carles Puyol is injured.

Barcelona’s betting odds are 4/6 to beat Villarreal and have not lost any of the last five showdowns between the pair.

The draw is available at 11/4 and Barcelona have dropped points in two of their last four away games.

Team To Score First

Villarreal are 15/8 to score the opening goal against Barcelona and this can help ensure they secure victory as in the 13 league games that they have broken the deadlock this season at El Madrigal, they have avoided defeat.

A goal should be expected from Villarreal as they have found the target in their last eight La Liga matches with Barcelona.

It may also be worth considering the 3/1 on offer for Villarreal winning in the draw no bet market.

If Villarreal are to score against Barcelona, then the most likely source is likely to be Giuseppe Rossi.

Rossi has been responsible for four of Villarreal’s last five home goals and it is 7/1 that he opens the scoring on Barcelona’s trip to El Madrigal.

A £20 stake on the scorecast of Villarreal beating Barcelona 1-0 and Giuseppe Rossi scoring the only goal would return £900. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.