VIL vs BAR: Barcelona have a mid-week outing to Villarreal as the next step in their pursuit of La Liga title. The league leaders are 10 points clear at the top with just 9 more matches to go. Villarreal, on the other hand, are in a different space altogether as they prepare for the final push to avoid relegation.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are flying towards a league title win. The Blaugrana won 2-0 in their last outing against Espanyol in a derby. The usual suspect Lionel Messi was on a brace, one of which was an exquisitely placed free-kick. Understandably, Barcelona would be keen to wrap up the La Liga title to focus on Champions League.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Team News
- Jasper Cillessen, Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha will be unavailable due to their injuries.
- Jeison Murillo and Thomas Vermaelen have not been included in the travelling squad.
- Bruno Soriano, Jaume Costa, Javi Fuego and Gerard Moreno are all doubtful due to injuries.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Playing 11
Barcelona – Ter Stegen. Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto, Rakitic, Arthur, Busquets, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Villarreal – Asenjo, Ruiz, Gonzalez, Mario, Alfonso, Morlanes, Cazorla, Quintilla, Iborra, Chukwueze, Toko Ekambi