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VILLARREAL VS BARCELONA MATCH PREVIEW
The champions travel to a difficult place against a familiar face looking for their second win of the season.
COMPETITION/ROUND: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 3
BARCELONA OUTS & DOUBTS: Xavi Hernández, Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Raphinha, Iñigo Martínez, Iñaki Peña, Clément Lenglet (out), Alejandro Balde (doubt)
VILLARREAL OUTS & DOUBTS: Francis Coquelin, Alberto Moreno, Yeremy Pino (doubt)
DATE/TIME : Sunday, August 27, 2023, 15.30GMT
VENUE : Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal, Spain
REFEREE : Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
VAR: Valentín Pizarro Gómez
Villarreal will again be without the services of Alberto Moreno and Francis Coquelin, while Yeremy Pino remains a huge doubt for the home side in this match.
Head coach Setien will have been delighted with what he saw against Mallorca, so it would not be a surprise to see the same XI take to the field for the first whistle here.
Pino’s absence opened the door for Ben Brereton Diaz to start last time out, and he will be bidding to keep his spot alongside Alexander Sorloth and Gerard Moreno in the final third.
Denis Suarez and Ilias Akhomach will be determined to play some part against their former club, although it is likely that both players will be on the bench for the first whistle.
Barcelona, meanwhile, will again be without the services of Raphinha, with the Brazil international serving the second of a two-game ban following his red card against Getafe.
Araujo is missing with a hamstring problem, while Pedri has a thigh issue, with both players expected to be on the sidelines until the early stages of October.
Martinez is also on the sidelines with a foot injury, and he has still not been registered by La Liga.
It may again be a 3-4-3 formation for Barcelona, with Lamine Yamal, 16, keeping his spot in the side, while Pedri’s place could be taken by Torres, who netted off the bench against Cadiz.
VILLARREAL STARTING LINEUP
Jorgensen; Foyth, Gabbia, Cuenca, Pedraza; Terrats, Parejo, Baena; G Moreno, Sorloth, Brereton
BARCELONA STARTING LINEUP
Ter Stegen; Kounde, Christensen, De Jong; Yamal, Romeu, Gundogan, Balde; Gavi, Lewandowski, Torres