What was Barcelona and Villarreal's performance in the 2019-20 La Liga season?
Barcelona finished the 2019-20 season in second place behind Real Madrid, but losing a title they had inside their pockets before the coronavirus crisis was one of the reasons for Quique Setién's sacking. The Blaugrana side lost six games, which doubled their tally for the 2018-19 season.
On the other side of the pitch, Villarreal ended the 2019-20 campaign in fifth place, product of their 18 wins, six draws, and 14 losses. The team then-coached by Javi Calleja earned a spot in this year's UEFA Europa League thanks to a late surge after the coronavirus break, which saw them climb three spots in the last ten weeks to secure a berth in the European competition.
What is Barcelona and Villarreal's form prior to this game?
Barcelona will be making their debut in the 2020-21 La Liga season after being granted a couple of weeks to recover from their busy summer. Los Culés won their three friendlies prior to this match against Nástic (3-1), Girona (3-1), and Elche (1-0).
Villarreal kicked off their quest in La Liga with a one-all draw against Huesca, but things improved for Emery's side with their 2-1 win over Eibar last week. Gerard Moreno has been key to the Yellow Submarine's attack, as he has found the back of the net once each game.
Barcelona vs Villarreal - Who's in and who's out?
Barcelona: Injured: Marc-André Ter Stegen, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite
Villarreal: Injured: Alberto Moreno, Ramiro Guerra, Rubén Peña. Doubtful: Raúl Albiol.
Barcelona vs Villarreal - Head-to-head stats
Barcelona have won their last ten home games against Villarreal (all comps).
Villarreal have not been able to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou since March 2008. That game ended with a 2-1 score for the All-yellow side.
Barcelona have scored a whopping 19 goals in their last six games against Villarreal. The Valencian side has only been able to find the back of the net seven times in those matches.
Lionel Messi has scored four goals in his last six home games against Villarreal.
The last meeting between these teams ended in a 4-1 away win for Barcelona.
This will only be the second clash between Ronald Koeman and Unai Emery as coaches. The first one was won by the Spanish boss.
Broadcast info - Barcelona vs Villarreal
In Spain - Movistar Laliga, Movistar Laliga 2, Movistar+, Mitele Plus, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga.
In the U.S. - Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS XTRA, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
In the U.K. - Premier Player HD, LaLigaTV.
In France - Free, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1.
In Argentina - ESPN2 Sur, ESPN Play Sur.
In Germany - TeleClub Sport Live, DAZN.
In Mexico - Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Broadcast Information
Stadium: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Canada: beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS XTRA, beIN Sports Canada, fuboTV Canada
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free, beIN Sports 1
Germany: DAZN, TeleClub Sport Live
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: DStv Now, Startimes Sports Premium, Canal+ Sport 3 Afrique, SuperSport Football Nigeria, StarTimes App
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Mitele Plus, Movistar Laliga, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, Movistar Laliga 2, Movistar+
Turkey: S Sport+, Spor Smart, D-Smart GO
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, LaLigaTV
United States: beIN SPORTS XTRA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, fuboTV, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Fanatiz USA