Barcelona host Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday, with an eye on their first win in two games and a possible return to the summit of the table.
The Blaugrana beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, further reinforcing their qualification to the round of 16 and will be looking to bounce back from a rare defeat at the hands Real Betis followed by the most recent 1-1 draw with
Check out 90min's preview for the game below.
How to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 2 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||17:30 (BST)|
|Where Is It Played?||Camp Nou|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Eleven Sports|
Manu Trigueros is fit to make his 13th start of the campaign for Villarreal after overcoming an injury scare to feature in the Europa League on Thursday, but
|Barcelona||Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Vidal, Rakitić; Dembélé, Messi, Coutinho.|
|Villarreal||Asenjo; Mario, Funes Mori, Ruiz, Pedraza Sag; Cáseres, Trigueros, Cazorla, Fornals; Chukwueze, Gerard.|
Head to Head Record
There have been 36 league fixtures to date between Barcelona and Villarreal, with the defending champions winning 20 and the Yellow Submarine boasting eight victories over the Blaugrana. There have been eight draws between the Spanish sides.
Barcelona's Champions League form has been nothing short of exceptional, as they've won four and drawn one of their five games.
Barcelona's defensive record is also concerning. Valverde's men have the joint worst record in the top six for goals conceded (19 alongside Madrid) and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has kept only two clean sheets.
On the upturn, the Catalans are the league's top scorers, but should improve their fortunes at the back lest it ruins all their good work at the front.
Villarreal have been poor in La Liga, to say the least, with just a single win in their last seven matches in the top flight. Their Europa League campaign casts a more positive picture, however, as they sit top of Group G, with a good chance to earn qualification to the next round.
Here's how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
|PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona (28/11)||Rangers 0-0 Villarreal (29/11)|
|Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona (24/11)||Villarreal 2-1 Real Betis (25/11)|
|Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis (11/11)||Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal (11/11)|
|Inter 1-1 Barcelona (6/11)||Rapid Wien 0-0 Villarreal (8/11)|
|Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona (3/11)||Villarreal 1-1 Levante (4/11)|
This fixture presents a good chance for the home side to return to winning ways, as travelling Villarreal's form over the past month has been desperately poor, despite a rare win over Betis in their last game.