Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(59) 35 Goals 75 (96)
(42) 23 Assists 43 (70)
(6.8) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.3 (7)
25.7 Average Age 29.2
180 Average Height (cm) 174.7
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 1.5 (1.2)
(46%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 47% (51%)
(0.8) 0.7 Dribbles pg 1 (1.2)
(1.9) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Chechu Dorado Out 6.6
Gabriel Paulista Doubtful 7.22
Ikechukwu Uche Doubtful 6.95
Pablo Iñíguez Doubtful 6.08
Player Reason Status Rating
Neymar Out 7.51
Isaac Cuenca Out N/A
Víctor Valdés Out 6.94
Gerard Piqué Out 7.49
Javier Mascherano Doubtful 7.17
Marc Bartra Doubtful 7.39
Carles Puyol Doubtful 7.46

Team News

  • Ulche returned to training this week, so he could feature, but most likely from the bench.
  • Chechu Dorardo remains Marcelino's only main injury concern.
  • Sergio Busquets returns after serving his ban, but injury may prevent him from playing. The midfielder was, as of Wednesday, training by himself.
  • Neymar and Jordi Alba remain out with injury. Gerard Pique is nearing a return, but he's likely to be ruled out of this game.
  • Marc Bartra and Javier Mascherano are both struggling with minor injuries, but Tata Martino will be waiting until the last minute for them to prove their fitness.

Prediction

  • Barcelona's only hope for glory is in La Liga and their win over over Athletic Bilbao last weekend enabled them to keep their title bid on track. But, with a number of injuries affecting the squad and what could be labelled a crisis in defence regarding player availability, Tata Martino has his work cut out in selecting his first XI.
  • Barca were not at their vintage best last weekend, but they were much better than they had been in previous weeks. Importantly, Lionel Messi got back to scoring ways and showed glimpses of his best form.
  • El Madrigal is not an easy place to go and Barca know this - their last visit in 2012 saw them frustrated in a game that ended goalless. With Villarreal chasing a European place, a similar result is likely this time round.
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Comments (31)

 
  • Congrats barca... you can STOP ATLETI! COME ON!

  • Good game from Villarreal but unfortunately not enough,barça didn't do anything good but still they won .this is football

  • Whoscored rates players based on what they did including goals, assist, key passes, driblles, saves, etc... Messi had, at first sight, pretty bad game by his standards. But this rating only shows how much does he do these things that can't be seen by amateur's eye! So before you, as usual (especially RM fans) start on hating this website, god, world goverments because of this rating, think of it. This site is clearly favoring RM for a long time now. Just check the facts. Anyway, terrible game by Barca. Just terrible. Very lucky and happy to win! I am glad they did and very happy for Messi to devote his goal to Tito! RIP Tito and thank you for giving Messi a chance! Messi probably learnt to be humble and brave from you!

  • @blitz Funny how you start out defending Whoscored rating system as applied to Messi, then switch midway to say that "This site is clearly favoring RM for a long time now." :D Anyway, Whoscored gives very high points for dribbling. That's the only stat getting Messi such high ratings, even higher than more effective players like Suarez. It is their version of the possession obsession vice.

  • @blitz @blitz Funny how you start out defending Whoscored rating system as applied to Messi, then switch midway and to say that "This site is clearly favoring RM for a long time now." :D Anyway, Whoscored gives very high points for dribbling. That's the only stat getting Messi such high ratings, even higher than more effective players like Suarez. It is their version of the possession obsession vice.

  • @blitz Well said man. Spot on.

  • messi...9.4 rating?

  • @carterfwesh 1 goal, 5 dribbles won, 5 key passes, 89% pass acc., fouled 5 times

  • Villarreal scored 4 goals, still lost.

  • Задолбали Месси оченки завышать! 1 гол забил, сразу 9,4.

  • @zhimipe i agree

  • Well done barca nice comeback

  • @Nwachinemere You mean good job Villareal. You gifted 3 points.

  • Villarreal was very unlucky :/

  • @libero risks taken when you park the bus

  • Amazing comeback from barca , amazing win for the amazing Tito , RIP

  • For the first time, I feel sorry about Barça losing. This could have been a victory of farewell for Tito :( R.I.P Tito.

  • @DelJuve check your words mister !

  • For the first time I feel sorry about Barça losing. This could have been a victory to farewell Tito :( R.I.P Tito.

  • Clear penalty there. A goalkeeper can't just clatter players whenever he feels like it.

  • Tito wouldn`t like how they play. I think he wished they could win the game for him...

  • A very terrible season indeed 4 barca, its actually a season to 4get. Can't wait 4 it to end.

  • A very terrible season indeed 4 barca, its actually a season to 4get. Can't wait 4 it to end.

  • A very terrible season indeed 4 barca, its actually a season to 4get. Can't wait 4 it to end.

  • Per Sempre Tito !!!

  • It's really about ending the season now, I don't think any of these guys can play football right now. Barca had extremely difficult season this year, and it culminated now when Tito died. It's going to be very emotional match

  • @blitz Nope. Players would give their all and dedicate the victory to Tito.

  • @blitz The players will be even more determined to win.

  • Come On barca,win the League for Tito #eternaltito

  • Do it for Tito, Barca. RIP Tito.

  • R.I.P. Tito :(

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