Each day our exclusive MATCH OF THE DAQ service previews the big match of the day – usually a televised game.

As well as the preview we also bring you the head to head records of the two teams as well as a recommended bet on BETDAQ for the match.

Barcelona v Villarreal
La Liga
KO 20:00, Sky Sports 3


(Max last 10 only)
02 Apr 2011 Primera Liga Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona             
13 Nov 2010 Primera Liga Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal            
01 May 2010 Primera Liga Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona            
02 Jan 2010 Primera Liga Barcelona 1-1 Villarreal              
10 May 2009 Primera Liga Barcelona 3-3 Villarreal            
21 Dec 2008 Primera Liga Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona             
09 Mar 2008 Primera Liga Barcelona 1-2 Villarreal            
31 Jan 2008 Copa del Rey Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal            
24 Jan 2008 Copa del Rey Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona            
20 Oct 2007 Primera Liga Villarreal 3-1 Barcelona


Strike action prevented Spanish football getting underway on time but last week’s agreement meant that La Liga finally kicked into action this weekend.

The final match of the opening round of fixtures sees Barcelona host Villarreal tonight.

Villarreal might be one of Spain’s best teams, but they are still no match for Barcelona. They ended last season a massive 34 points behind the La Liga champions despite earning Champions League qualification courtesy of their fourth place finish.

Barca did the league double over the Yellow Submarine on their way to picking up the title and Pep Guardiola’s side are not expected to slip up here as 1.27 jollies on BETDAQ.

The last meeting at the Camp Nou ended 3-1 in Barca’s favour and they will be looking to hit the ground running in what should be another stellar season.

If there’s any hope for the visitors, it is offered by the fact that Barca were caught cold on their first home match of last season, losing 2-0 to a Hercules side that would go on to be relegated.

However, as anyone who has seen Barcelona play in the last couple of years will surely agree, it is hard to advise anything other than backing a win for the hosts.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Barcelona at around 1.22: 8 points
Sunday’s Return: +2.70 points