La Liga Santander action returns as FC Barcelona are a nearby horizon away from facing the ever-present hurdle of Quique Setien’s Villarreal. The Yellow Submarines will be welcoming Xavi’s Catalan outfit in what is surely to be an absolutely vital clash in both sides’ league campaigns.
Barcelona vs Villarreal: Match Details
Date: Sunday, 12th February 2023
Time: 09:00 pm Central European Time
Competition: La Liga Santander
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández
Barcelona vs Villarreal: Match Overview
League leaders FC Barcelona currently bask in arguably their best form in quite some time. Having just recently dispatched Sevilla 3-0 in a performance that saw their rivals feel toothless and mindless at times, the gap in quality and effectiveness was there for all to see. Continuing this surge of form onwards, they next face a team that continues to provide massive challenges for any and every team that crosses their path.
Top of the table with an 8-point gap between them and second-placed Clasico rivals Real Madrid CF, the Catalans possibly feel like they could do no wrong. Crawling to victory or demolishing their opposition thoroughly and effectively, Xavi Hernandez has his team prepped to resort to whatever means necessary to reap the most out of any game they enter.
With 5 wins out of their last 5 league games, La Blaugrana have recently been somewhat invincible. Adamant on retaining the gap that they have worked this hard to create and maintain, FC Barcelona will be hoping to play their best football as well as their very best personnel to make the most of a very demanding game.
Regardless of the difficulty at this later stage of the season, it is precisely this moment and times like these where champions find their deliverance. To see through such high-pressure games against such high-quality opponents is the caliber all potential league champions must possess and prove it to be a recurring quality.
At the end of their yellow opposition, Quique Setien’s team is experiencing something of a rocky recent form. With 2 wins, 2 losses, and a draw in their previous 5 La Liga outings, Villarreal have been somewhat struggling in recent times. Their total accumulation of 31 points is quite some distance off of FC Barcelona’s massive haul of 53 points.
Despite sitting at 7th in the league as of right now, Villarreal will indefinitely be looking to provide an upset and take FC Barcelona to the very edge in hopes of turning their season around.
On the contrary, La Blaugrana will prove to be no slouches either. They will put in their own best to maintain this lead they have so eagerly worked towards creating to allow them to overcome their primary title charge this season, that of winning La Liga itself come the end of the season.