Soccer expert Martin Green has locked in his La Liga best bets for Villarreal vs. Barcelona on Thursday

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Despite their loss Sunday, Barcelona still have designs on a league title, and the work continues Thursday when they host Villarreal in a Spanish La Liga match at Camp Nou.

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Barca (7-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season in El Clasico, falling 3-1 to arch-rival Real Madrid

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and they sit three points behind the reigning champ and league leader. But they will get another shot at Real on their home turf later in the season

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so Thursday will be about regaining their momentum. They face a tough task against Villareal (4-3-2)

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who have the best defensive mark in La Liga and won the most recent meeting between the teams in Barcelona.

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Still, Barca have dominated the all-time series with the Yellow Submarine

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who sit seventh in the table after their 2-0 victory against Osasuna on Monday.

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La Blaugrana have a strong defense of their own, so this one is expected to be a tightly-contested match.

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