After managing to get points from their last three games in La Liga, Villarreal will be looking to surprise their fans when they host Barcelona at El Madrigal Stadium in the 17th round of the Spanish top flight.
Villarreal are sitting in 5th place in the league table with 29 points from 8 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. They have scored 25 goals and conceded 11 since the start of the season.
The hosts have been struggling with consistency since the start of the season. The team’s defensive approach have been a double edged sword for them. Villarreal have collected a total of 7 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game was against Sporting Gijon away from home where they won 3-1.
Mateo Musacchio is back fit after a hamstring problem and will slot in at centre-back once again. Victor Ruiz and Bruno have both shaken off foot problems this week and are both set to start as a result.
Barcelona are sitting in third place in the league table with 34 points from 10 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. They have scored 41 goals and conceded 16 since the start of the season.
The visitors aren’t having their best season by their standards. Barcelona have drawn three games earlier in December but they managed to get the three points in their last two games. The team have collected 9 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games. Their last game was against Espanyol at home where they beat their visitors 4-1.
Jasper Cillessen is the only injury absentee for the away side, with Jeremy Mathieu fit for selection once again. Javier Mascherano is expected to be preferred to Samuel Umtiti at centre-back, but largely Luis Enrique shouldn’t rotate.
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