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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Villarreal - La Liga

Max Parsons
Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw against Getafe last time out
Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw against Getafe last time out / Aitor Alcalde/GettyImages
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Barcelona host Villarreal in their final La Liga fixture of the season on Sunday night.

A weakened side played out a disappointing 0-0 draw with lowly Getafe last time out, although that result did follow a run of three consecutive victories in which La Blaugrana sealed their runner-up finish for the campaign.

They conclude the season with a home tie against a Villarreal side with it all to play for, sitting inside the European places but just one point above Athletic Bilbao.


Xavi Hernandez
There's been plenty of positives for Xavi to take from his first eight months in charge / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Villarreal (4-3-3)

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Will certainly start between the sticks having kept six clean sheets in his last 12 La Liga outings.

RB: Dani Alves - His seamless return to Barcelona should continue with a fifth consecutive start.

CB: Ronald Araujo - Missed out on the goalless draw with Getafe due to a concussion but should make a timely return with both Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia likely to be absent.

CB: Clement Lenglet - Will likely retain his spot due to defensive shortages, potentially making successive league starts for the first time this season.

LB: Jordi Alba - Back from suspension and certainly back in the side.

DM: Sergio Busquets - Remarkably, the ageing skipper has only been kept out of the starting lineup this term through suspension.

CM: Frenkie de Jong - The Dutchman is also back available after suspension and should come back into the XI in place of Riqui Puig.

CM: Gavi - It's been a superb maiden campaign in the senior side for the teenager, who is set for his 34th league appearance on the final day.

RW: Ousmane Dembele - His future is mightily uncertain as things stand but Dembele should come back into the side with Memphis Depay likely sidelined.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - The goals have slightly dried up since hitting the ground running after his arrival but Aubameyang still boasts 11 strikes in 16 La Liga appearances.

LW: Ferran Torres - Has had a debut half-season of ups and downs but the Spaniard is in line for a 12th consecutive league start.


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