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After finding a victory over Mallorca, Villarreal go up against La Liga defending champions Barcelona in the third round of the league. The Blaugrana also managed their first win of the season in the last game against Cadiz at Estadio Olimpico. For one of the interesting fixtures of La Liga, below is our predicted lineups for two teams and the latest news around them.
The match will be witnessed at Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday, 27 August. Kick-off time for this game is set at 15:30 GMT. Next, we provide an analysis of the anticipated lineups and the most recent updates surrounding the two clubs.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Predicted Lineups and News
Before we jump into discussing the potential lineups for the Villarreal vs Barcelona encounter, let’s start off by providing the freshest team news for both clubs and examining how these recent developments might influence their overall capabilities. Moreover, for those who won’t be able to make it to the stadium, you can enjoy all the excitement on your TV screen.
Team News: Villarreal
After losing a home game at the start of the season against Real Betis, Villarreal grabbed a narrow win of 0-1 against Mallorca in Round 2. Gerard Morino was the man of the hour for the Yellow Submarine by scoring a goal in the 62nd minute.
Meanwhile, Villarreal continues to miss out on Francis Coquelin’s contributions due to an enduring knee issue. Furthermore, Alberto Morino is poised to remain absent from the field following his injury against Betis, which forced him to exit the pitch. Alfonso Pedraza stepped in for Moreno during the second round and might have another opportunity to address the gap in the initial lineup.
Villarreal predicted lineup (4-42):
Jorgensen; Foyth, Gabbia, Cuenca, Pedraza, Parejo, Terrats, Rodriguez, G Moreno, Sorloth, Brereton
Team News: Barcelona
Barca started their season with not an ideal form as they were clipped to a goalless draw against Getafe in the first round. The defending champions were also limited to a 0-0 scoreline against Cadiz in Round 2 until the eighty minutes of the match. However, Pedri broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute and Ferran Torres notched a goal in stoppage time for a 0-2 for Barcelona.
Barcelona targeted two Portuguese and Manchester City players, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva this summer transfer window. Silva committed to an additional three years with the English club by signing a contract extension. But in recent updates, it appears that Barcelona has achieved their goal in pursuing Cancelo, who turned down offers from Saudi clubs to make a transition to La Liga.
Barca board has confirmed that Pedri picked a thigh injury during a training session and will be out of the field for at least five weeks. Ronald Araujo also sustained the same injury last weekend in training and won’t be in action against Villarreal. New Arrival Inigo Martinez is back to train with the team and is expected to return on the pitch against Villarreal. But Barca’s team preparation is also affected by Raphinha’s suspension due to the red card in the first round against Cadiz.
Barcelona predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen, Martinez, Christensen, De Jong, Kounde, Gonzalez, Gavi, Romeu, Gundogan, Lewandowski, Nasraqui Ebana.
Will Inigo Martinez play for Barcelona?
Barcelona secured the services of defender Inigo Martinez on a free transfer this summer. But Martinez has been unable to make an appearance for his new club due to a foot injury. However, according to multiple reports, Centre-back has returned to training with his new side after having several training sessions alone. Martinez is not expected to get into the starting line-up but he can make a joker appearance to make his debut with La Liga’s defending champions.
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