Date: 25th April 2021
Time: 7:45 PM (IST)
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villareal
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Villareal lock horns with Barcelona in this epic, high-voltage Spanish Liga match. While Barcelona are at the 3rd position in the points table, Villareal are in the 7th position in the points table, with 12 wins and 13 draws. The match-up between the Catalan giants and the Yellow Submarines will be an interesting contest and will also be a crucial one as 3 valuable points are up for grabs. The match is slated to begin at 7:45 PM (IST).
Pervis Estupinan has not recovered from his niggle and will be missing out on this game. Vicente Iborra will also be missing out on this game due to an injury.
Ousmane Dembele has a pelvic problem but he was cleared to play for this game. However, Ronald Koeman might not risk playing him. Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati will be missing out on this game due to injuries.
Villareal have been impressive in this tournament but are coming on the back off a 1-2 loss at the hands of Alaves. Before that game, Villareal had crushed Levante 5-1 as Samuel Chukweuze had netted a brace. There were 2 own goals too and that proved to be costly for Levante. Gerard Moreno was the other goal-scorer. Unai Emery’s side should look forward to give tough competition to Barcelona and try and win the game.
Barcelona are in exceptional form and have been an absolute dominating force in the recent past. They had recently won the Copa del Rey after defeating Athletic Club 4-0 and are also coming on the back of a 5-2 victory over Getafe. The thrashing witnessed star striker Lionel Messi scoring a brace. The Catalan giants are favorites in this game unless we see some major hiccups towards the end.
Probable Playing XI
Sergio Asenjo; Alfonso Pedraza, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Juan Foyth; Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo; Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Chukwueze
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza; Sergino Dest, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi
Goalkeepers : Asenjo, ter Stegen
Defenders : Pique, Pedraza, Lenglet, Albiol
Midfielders : de Jong, Chukwueze, Trigueros, Busquets
Strikers: Messi, Griezmann, Moreno, Alcacer
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