The Yellow Submarine are also desperate to gain three points from their trip to the Nou Camp and are surprisingly just a few points above the relegation zone.
Villarreal finished fifth last season, but have struggled to find the same level of consistency this term.
|Game||Barcelona v Villarreal|
|Date||Sunday, December 2|
|Time||5:30pm GMT / 12:30am ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|BeIN Sports||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed online via Eleven Sports 1 but will not be shown on TV.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||Eleven Sports 1|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Pena|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Miranda, Chumi|
|Midfielders||Rakitic, Busquets, D.Suarez, Coutinho, Vidal, Alena|
|Forwards||Messi, Dembele, Malcom, Munir|
Ernesto Valverde is still without a number of key players ahead of the game on Sunday.
As a result, Barcelona are expected to line-up with the same team that started in the 2-1 victory against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Confirmed Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Coutinho, Messi, Dembele.
|Defenders||Gaspar, Alvaro, Mori, Ruiz, Costa|
|Midfielders||Caseres, Fornals, Trigueros, Pedraza, Cazorla, Raba, Morlanes, Chukwueze|
|Forwards||Gerard, Bacca, Ekambi|
Javi Fuego will miss the game through injury.
Confirmed Villarreal XI: Asenjo, Gaspar, Victor Ruiz, Alvaro, Pedraza, Caseres, Trigueros, Fornals, Chukwueze, Gerard, Cazorla.
Betting & Match Odds
The hosts are huge favourites with bet365, who price a Barcelona win at 1/4. Villarreal can be backed at odds of 10/1, while a draw is 11/2.
It’s been a strange season for Barcelona, who have been brilliant in Europe but average in the league.
Despite that, Valverde’s men would go top with a win, at least temporarily.
It means the Catalans have picked up 25 points from 13 games and currently sit second in the table.
As usual, Lionel Messi has had the Midas touch in front of goal this season. With nine goals to his name and five assists, no one has directly contributed to more La Liga goals than the Argentine.
As for Villarreal, they are also having something of an off year. They have not finished below sixth in each of the last five seasons but won just their third league game of the campaign last weekend against Betis.
Villarreal are struggling to find the back of the net this campaign and their top goal scorer from last year Carlos Bacca, has scored just one league goal in 10 games.