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Barca @ Villarreal

Barca @ Villarreal
Barcelona travel to Villarreal on Sunday.

The game kicks off at 3pm and is live on Sky Sports 3.

By the time this game kicks off Barcelona will know how Atletico Madrid faired against Sporting Gijon as the second placed side in La Liga played at 3pm on Saturday.

Real Madrid do not play Sevilla until 7.30pm on Sunday.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has returned to training following six months out with a knee injury. It's unlikely he will be thrown straight into the mix as head coach Luis Enrique may ease him in gently.

Javier Mascherano returns to La Liga action after suspension, as does Gerard Pique who missed the UEFA Champions League game through suspension.

Both are likely to make up the centre back pairing alongside Dani Alves and Jordi Alba at full back.

Andres Iniesta could be rested in favour of Arda Turan.

Villarreal have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches, but fortunately for Barca they have a lot of players unavailable.

Samuel, Jonathan dos Santos, Mateo Musacchio and Jaume Costa are all likely to miss out.

Barcelona are on a run of 12 successive wins in La Liga and hold 5 successive wins over Villarreal dating back to 2012.

The last time Villarreal beat Barca was 2008.

At that time it was the 6th victory in 11 games for Villarreal as Barca won just 3 times between 2003 and 2008.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Friday March 18 2016
Time: 10:50AM

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