The Catalan side returns to La Liga duty and travels to El Madrigal days after its Copa del Rey progression against Real Madrid.
Angel, Musacchio, Gonzalo, Oriol
Valero, Senna, Bruno, Cani
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Mascherano, Busquets
Messi, Cesc, Pedro
Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side picked up injuries to key players in its 2-2 Clasico draw with Real Madrid on Wednesday. Andres Iniesta has been ruled out for three weeks after coming off with a hamstring tear on his left leg, and Alexis Sanchez could also miss out too.
Jose Molina will welcome a number of his first team squad back into training in the past week or so. Carlos Marchena, Mateo Musacchio and Javi Camunas have all returned to fitness after shaking off niggling injuries.
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Villarreal has picked up 16 of its 19 points at home this season. The only team to beat it at El Madrigal this campaign was Levante, which won 3-0.
- The Yellow Submarine have beaten Barca eight times (home and away) since first winning promotion to La Liga in 1998. The only team with more victories against the Catalans in that period is Deportivo La Coruna, with nine wins.
- Jose Molina's side is unbeaten inits last five matches at El Madrigal, winning three times and drawing twice.
- Barcelona has won the past three encounters at El Madrigal, with the last victory coming on April 2, 2011, when it came out with a narrow 1-0 win.
- The last time a club made up at least five points in the second half of the season was in 2002-03 when Real Madrid overtook Real Sociedad. Los Blancos were five points behind after 19 matches and had a two-point lead over Sociedad in the final standings.