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Barcelona v Villarreal – champions can go top

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Summary

  1. Barca have won once in past four games
  2. Champions missing several first-team players
  3. One win in seven for lowly Villarreal

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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    Barcelona v Villarreal (17:30 GMT)

    Villarreal manager Javier Calleja is under pressure, with his side sitting just one place – and three points – above the relegation zone.

    Their 2-1 win over Real Betis last weekend was their first La Liga victory in seven matches – but they followed that up with a 0-0 Europa League draw with Rangers on Thursday.

    Villarreal manager Javier Calleja

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  2. Sevilla top the tree

    Barcelona v Villarreal (17:30 GMT)

    Barcelona, who have lost two of their opening 13 La Liga matches, will go top of the table if they win or draw.

    Atletico could have gone top a few minutes ago but they drew 1-1 with Girona.

    Sevilla, who led the table this morning, will go back to number one if they beat Alaves at 19:45 GMT.

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  4. Team news

    Barcelona v Villarreal (17:30 GMT)

    Barcelona stick with the same XI who beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 during the week. Ousmane Dembele makes his first La Liga start since 29 September.

    They don’t have loads of options to change their team, with Luis Suarez, Arthur, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti among the first-team regulars injured.

    Villarreal make six changes from the side who drew 0-0 with Rangers. Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, defenders Alfonso Pedraza and Victor Ruiz, midfielders Santi Cazorla and Samuel Chukwueze and forward Gerard Moreno all come in.

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    Barcelona v Villarreal (17:30 GMT)

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Barcelona’s game against Villarreal.

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