Villarreal vs Barcelona Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Lionel Messi’s 700th goal was not enough for victory against Atletico Madrid | David Ramos/Getty Images

Quique Setien will take his Barcelona side to the Estadio de la Ceramica this weekend knowing that it’ll take a miracle to knock Real Madrid off the top of the table.

It’s last chance saloon for Barcelona, as the Blaugrana find themselves four points behind arch rivals Real Madrid with just five games remaining – and Real with a 100% record since the restart of the league.

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Barcelona look unlikely to retain the title as Real Madrid opened up a four point lead at the top of the table | David Ramos/Getty Images

The home side still have ambitions of their own, as they sit in fifth place, just three points behind Sevilla with a superior head-to-head record.

When is Kick Off? Sunday 5 July
What Time is Kick Off? 21:00 (BST)
Where is it Played? Estadio de la Ceramica
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports (UK), fuboTV (US)

The Yellow Submarine are set to be without former Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, as the Argentine continues his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury. Vicente Iborra is also expected to miss out through injury.

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Umtiti is likely to miss the rest of the season | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti will miss out after suffering a knee injury, while fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele and Dutch international Frenkie de Jong are also sidelined.

Villarreal: Asenjo; Peña, Albiol, Torres, A Moreno; G Moreno, Cazorla, Anguissa, Gomez; Bacca, Alcacer.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Puig; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann.

The home side have been brilliant since the restart, picking up five wins in six, and keeping five clean sheets. This form has propelled them from eighth to fifth.

Leading scorer Gerard Moreno has been particularly impressive, scoring four times in as many games, including a brace in their 2-0 win against Real Betis.

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An incredible run of form has seen Villarreal’s Champions League hopes rejuvenated | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

On the other hand, Barcelona have not had the best luck lately. Three draws from their last four games has seen Setien’s side surrender top spot to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

Star man Lionel Messi has recorded three goals and five assists in six games since the restart, including his 700th career goal. French forward Antoine Griezmann, however, has struggled, having netted only once in the league in 2020.

Here is how the two sides have fared in their last five games.

Villarreal
Real Betis 0-2 Villarreal (01/07)
Villarreal 2-0 Valencia (28/06)
Villarreal 2-2 Sevilla (22/06)
Granada 0-1 Villarreal (19/06)
Villarreal 1-0 Mallorca (16/06)

Barcelona
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid (30/06)
Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona (27/06)
Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (23/06)
Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona (19/06)
Barcelona 2-0 Leganes (16/06)

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Recent form has seen Barcelona’s title hopes slip away, and that may be the final nail in the coffin for Quique Setien | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have been dreadful on the road this season by their standards, having managed only six away wins from their 16 La Liga away games. Nonetheless, they have undeniable quality that can win any game.

Taking into account the recent form of both sides, and the general atmosphere at the club, it is difficult to see Barcelona’s fortunes turning around on Sunday. Expect another disappointing result for Messi and co.

Prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Barcelona

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