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Barcelona v Villarreal

Barcelona v Villarreal: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

16:20 GMT 02/12/2018
Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19
Barca are aiming to get back to winning ways in the league after dropping points in their last two games

Barcelona could move back to the top the table with a win against Villarreal on Sunday.

The hosts are just a point behind first-place Sevilla, who are in action later when they face Alaves.

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

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

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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

Position Barcelona players
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.

Jasper Cillessen, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Samper, Arthur, Rafinha and Luis Suarez are all unavailable for the gamel due to injury.

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.

Position Villarreal players
Goalkeepers Asenjo, Fdez
Defenders Gaspar, Alvaro, Mori, Ruiz, Costa
Midfielders Caseres, Fornals, Trigueros, Pedraza, Cazorla, Raba, Morlanes, Chukwueze
Forwards Gerard, Bacca, Ekambi

After ringing the changes for the goalless draw with Rangers in the Europa League on Thursday, Javier Calleja is expected to revert back to a similar team that beat Real Betis last weekend.

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.

Click here to see all of bet 365's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

Match Preview

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.

Barca haven’t won a La Liga match in nearly a month, and in their last two league outings lost to Real Betis and drew with Atletico Madrid.

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.