Preview - Villarreal vs Barcelona 11 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 10, 2017, 07:20 PM

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Villarreal vs Barcelona

Things are going a bit stale for Barcelona after two straight draws. With Valencia ironing out a victory on Saturday, the Catalans can ill afford to drop further points. They lead Valencia by just two mere points with the halfway stage approaching.

Villarreal are no pushovers, as Barcelona's past three league trips to El Madrigal have ended in draws.

Villarreal will be without some key names, however, including Carlos Bacca, skipper Bruno and defender Ruben Semedo.

Forwards Denis Cheryshev, Nicola Sansone and Samu Castillejo all make up the injury list as well.

As for Barcelona, they also made a host of changes for their European tie in the week. Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen remain their only first-choice central defenders, whilst Andres Iniesta is doubtful after missing the midweek game with a knock.

The Catalans will be encouraged by Ousmane Dembele's return to training but it's unlikely the Frenchman will be rushed back so soon, meaning they might be an opportunity for under fire Gerard Deulofeu.

Prediction: Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona

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