Barcelona vs Villarreal : Predicted Lineup
A crucial 2015-2016 La Liga match is scheduled between this season’s two top standing teams FC Barcelona (8-2-0, 24 points) and Villarreal CF (6-2-2, 20 points) on November 8th, Sunday at Camp Nou in Catalonia.
The Spanish champions have struggled with injuries to their key players and will have a tough call against the El Submarino Amarillo.
After securing the treble last season Barcelona were anticipated to start this season in full throttle but serious injury has been a major setback for the Catalan giants.
Luis Enrique will be optimistic to retain his side’s La Liga crown this season as well and a positive result against Villarreal is undeniably significant.
Barcelona confront Real Madrid in an important El Clasico later this month and it is absolutely necessary that the champions do not remain behind the Los Blancos, who are at the top of the table now.
Argentine maestro Lionel Messi has missed quite a few games this season and Luis Enrique will have to depend on Neymar and Suarez to strike against a strong Villarreal side.
Unfortunately, the Catalans have been yet again dealt a damaging blow during their midweek clash against BATE in the Champions League. Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has fallen victim to a calf injury and has been ruled out for at least a month.
As for Villarreal, Marcelino’s squad have started impressively and is just four points behind the Spanish champions. Villarreal have been defeated only once away from home and will be targeting to ensure further misery on the injury afflicted Barcelona side.
The away side will be looking forward to closing the gap with Barcelona to mere one point with a comfortable win this Sunday and will be depending on their well organised defence line to do the job.
Barcelona starting lineup: Bravo; Alves, Mathieu, Pique, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta; Suarez, Neymar, Munir.
Villarreal starting lineup: Areola; Mario, Bonera, Ruiz, Costa; Santos, Bruno, Pina, Suarez; Soldado, Bakambu.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Key Stats :
Barcelona have won 26 of their last 31 clashes in La Liga.
Barcelona have won their last 6 matches against Villarreal in all sort of competitions.