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Starting XI: Villarreal v Barca

Spanish La Liga
 
Teams: Villarreal v FC Barcelona
 
Date: 10 December 2017
 
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
 
FC Barcelona will look to return to winning ways in La Liga when they visit Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday.
 
 
The match is scheduled to get underway at 21h45.
 
The Catalans rounded off their Champions League group stage campaign with a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in midweek, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo in their last league game.
 
Nevertheless, the Blaugrana sit top of La Liga and are early favourites for the title.
 
Their opponents for this game are not in the greatest of form, having lost 3-1 to Leganés over the weekend before going down 1-0 to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in an essentially meaningless Europa League clash on Thursday.
 
With 21 points from 14 games heading into this clash, the hosts are in danger of slipping out of touch with the leading pack of Barcelona, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Sevilla.
 
There is hope on the horizon that Barcelona’s injury troubles may soon come to an end with Rafinha and Ousmané Dembélé and Rafinha back in training — and a win over the Yellow Submarine would help cement their already promising position.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Villarreal: Asenjo; Mario, Víctor Ruiz, Álvaro, Jaume Costa; Soriano, Rúben Semedo, Rodri, Trigueros; Raba, Bakambu.
 
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; D.Suarez,  Paulinho, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, L. Suárez.

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