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Barcelona look to continue winning run at Villarreal

Barcelona will be looking to get back to winning ways in La liga this weekend after drawing their last two games, however they face a tough trip to Villarreal.

After beating Sporting Lisbon earlier on in the week the Catalan club travel to the yellow submarines knowing a victory can help extend their gap over second place Valencia.

Both teams were able to rest players in midweek ahead of this fixture with both side having already secured their status in their respective European competitions.

The game brings together Leo Messi and Cedric Bakambu, the pair who lead the goal charts in all competitions this season. The Argentinian has 13 league goals and 17 in total this term, while Villarreal’s striker has netted 9 in the league and 14 when also counting the Copa del Rey and Europa League.

The Estadio de la Ceramica has proven to be a tough ground for the Blaugrana with the last three matches ending in draws.

Villarreal head into this fixture on the back of two defeats in the league and haven’t lost three in a row since 2012 under Jose Molina, whilst Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 21 games in La Liga despite drawing the last two games.

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Manager Ernesto Valverde will be hoping for his second win a manager at the Estadio de la Ceramica, whilst Villarreal manager Javier Calleja is coming up against Barcelona for the first time in his managerial career.

Villarreal could be without some key players for the match including Carlos Bacca, Ruben Semedo, Samu Castillejo and Bruno Soriano are doubtful.

Barcelona meanwhile have Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano doing late fitness tests to see if they will be available for the game on Sunday.

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