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FC Barcelona News: 2 April 2019; Malcom to face Villarreal?

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Could Barça forward Malcom be Messi’s shield against Villareal? | Sport

Ernesto Valverde has included all his big names in the squad for the trip to Villarreal. However, he could give Malcom game time after an impressive cameo against Espanyol, and also because he’s wary of Luis Suarez having only just come back from injury.

Barcelona are the toughest opposition for Villarreal | Marca

Barcelona take on Villarreal on Tuesday and have a brilliant record against the Yellow Submarine. In 43 meetings between the two teams Barcelona have won 25, more than any other team.

PSG, Chelsea & Man Utd: Where Coutinho could end up this summer | Sport

Sport look at potential destinations for Philippe Coutinho should he leave Barcelona in the summer. PSG reportedly remain interested, Chelsea may be in need of a replacement for Eden Hazard but there are doubts about Manchester United given the Brazilian played for their fierce rivals Liverpool.

Asenjo awaits the storm | Marca

Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has made more saves than any other player in La Liga this season and is expecting a busy evening against Barcelona. He said: “Many goalkeepers think it’s best not to put a wall in front of his freekicks. But we feel more protected with it. It would be difficult to stop him in any case, but it’s something to be considered.”

Thomas Lemar out, Diego Costa a doubt to face Barcelona | Sport

Atletico Madrid have injury problems ahead of Saturday’s clash with Barcelona. Thomas Lemar has been ruled out with a thigh injury, and Diego Costa is a doubt due to a hamstring problem. Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata are likely to lead the line.

Marco Silva pushes Everton to permanently sign Andre Gomes | Football Espana

Everton manager Marco Silva wants the Toffees to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona on a permanent basis. The boss was asked about signing the midfielder and said: “It is a very, very good opportunity for us.”

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