La Liga match preview Villarreal vs Barcelona, gameweek 17. Important things to know; Kick-off: 19:45 BST, Date: Sunday 8 January, 2017, Venue: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal, Stream Guide: Watch Live
The home side will welcome back Mateo Musacchio who has returned from hamstring problem. He will start at the center-back role.
Victor Ruiz and Bruno both are back from foot injuries and are expected to start the game.
Cedric Bakambu is on international duty for AFCON.
Roberto Soldado and Denis Cheryshev both remain on the sideline through injury.
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Jasper Cillessen is the only player out through injury for this game.
Jeremy Mathieu is back and ready to start the game.
Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes both are eyeing for the third spot in the midfield role.
Villarreal have lost 2 of their last five La Liga games.
Barcelona have drawn 3 of their last 5 La Liga games.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 16 games against Villarreal in all campaigns.
Barca have won 9 of their last 11 away league games.
Villarreal have lost only 1 of their last 7 home league games.
Villarreal have scored more than a goal in 6 of their last 7 home league games.
Barcelona have scored more than a goal in 6 of their last 7 away league games.
Villarreal 1 – 3 Barcelona, Lionel Messi to score a brace for the visitors.