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Barcelona vs Villarreal, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

After an embarrassment on the road, Barça return home looking for a victory and some dignity

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Granada CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

FC Barcelona (8th, 7pts) vs Villarreal CF (7th, 8pts)*

*Points and positions at the time of writing on Monday

Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 6

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Moussa Wagué (out)

Villarreal Outs & Doubts: Bruno Soriano, Alberto Moreno, Ramiro Guerra (out)

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Premier Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Not Available (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), others

I wish I could write this beautiful piece and preview why this is a tough game for Barça and highlight all the tactical aspects that make Villarreal a difficult opponent and everything Barça need to do to win this game.

But I can’t. I’m frustrated with this team, I’m in pain because of this team, and I just want this to end. I want this team to stop being so awful, I want the players and the board to stop using the manager as a shield and actually do their job, and I want the manager gone.

Just win, Barça. Win and give me a reason to be a little happy for once. Is that too much to ask?


Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann

Villarreal (4-3-3): Asenjo; Peña, Albiol, Torres, Quintilá; Anguissa, Iborra, Cazorla; Chukwueze, Gerard, Ontiveros


We’re at home, there’s all this pressure, Valverde’s job may be on the line, so we all know exactly how this is gonna go: 5-1 Barça. And that’s why this team is so frustrating.

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