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Barcelona Vs Villarreal Live Football Score 20-10-2022

Barcelona Vs Villarreal Live Football Score 20-10-2022

Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing El Clasico defeat on the weekend, as they welcome Villarreal to Camp Nou on Thursday. The hosts were beaten 3-1 by their arch rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, while the visitors secured a much-needed 2-0 win over Osasuna. Prior to Sunday’s defeat, Barcelona had been virtually unstoppable in LaLiga, winning seven consecutive games by an aggregate score of 20-1, since an opening-day stalemate with Rayo Vallecano. Such imperious domestic form helped to set up a grandstand Clasico, with Xavi’s men sitting at the top of the table, level on points with their formidable rivals going into the 250th edition of the historic fixture.

The opening goal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, from Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, was the first that the Catalan side had conceded in 624 LaLiga minutes, but it only took Los Blancos another 23 to add a second, in a first-half display that swept the game out of reach. While Ferran Torres was able to pull one back in the second half, an unusually blunt attacking performance from Robert Lewandowski saw the Blaugrana side struggle, and ultimately fail, to salvage a point, as Rodrygo Goes rounded off the win with an injury-time penalty. Following a frustrating 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the Champions League, it is now essential that the hosts do not let their confidence slip, with a selection of potential banana-skin league games falling either side of an all-or-nothing showdown with Bayern Munich.

Not only staring down the barrel of an early European exit, any lapse of concentration in LaLiga could see a ruthless Real Madrid pull away for good. The visitors, on the other hand, will be hoping to build on an encouraging 2-0 win over Osasuna on Monday night, as Arnaut Danjuma scored his first league goals of the season with a well-taken brace. Unai Emery’s men were experiencing a slight dip in form following a strong start to the season, with uninspiring defeats to top four-chasing rivals Real Betis and Real Sociedad, alongside drab draws with Cadiz and Getafe, seeing the Yellow Submarine fall out of the European spots. Nonetheless, having secured their passage through to the UEFA Conference League knockout stages, the club from Castellon looked back to their assured selves during their weekend win, with Alex Baena continuing to impress in the absence of talisman Gerard Moreno.

Villarreal actually recorded their first win over Barcelona in 27 attempts last season, with a 2-0 victory over Xavi’s side at Camp Nou. The hosts have plenty more to play for this time around, though, and should present a much sterner test. Barcelona will continue without long-term absentees Ronald Araujo, Memphis Depay and Andreas Christensen, as Xavi faces a few selection headaches after their Clasico display. Ousmane Dembele and Eric Garcia would seem to be those most in danger of losing their starting positions, with Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique waiting in the wings.

For the visitors, Alberto Moreno made an emotional return to action on Monday after seven months out, and will provide an option from the bench once again at Camp Nou. Gerard Moreno, Francis Coquelin and Juan Foyth, on the other hand, all remain sidelined. Unai Emery has so far been reluctant to utilise Jose Luis Morales in the league, despite grabbing six goals and three assists in European competition. Another lively performance off the bench against Osasuna, however, could see El Comandante included here.

After suffering a setback versus Real Madrid, Xavi will have Barcelona poised to show that it was a bump in the road and not the start of the La Liga title slipping away when they face Villarreal on Thursday. The Yellow Submarine have struggled against the top sides that they’ve faced so far in league play, so a victory over Barcelona would be quite a stepping stone. Scoring has been an issue for Villarreal with only 12 goals in nine matches but Unai Emery’s side have allowed the fewest goals in league play with only three. Geronimo Rulli will need to be up to the task of stopping Robert Lewandowski as Barcelona may find it hard to score in this fixture, but their creativity can guide them to victory.

Barcelona: While Barcelona got a slight injury boost ahead of facing Real Madrid, Xavi’s injury list is still quite a long one. Andres Christensen still won’t be back from his sprained ankle while Hector Bellerin and Memphis Depay’s inclusion will also be in doubt. Ronald Araujo is a long-term absentee which will likely see Sergi Roberto continue at right back although Villarreal can’t exploit his defensive weaknesses in the same way that Real Madrid did. Gavi will also likely return to the starting lineup in place of Frenkie de Jong. Villarreal: Missing key players, Villarreal will need to show that they can slow down Barcelona. Gerard Moreno’s inclusion is doubtful as the forward struggles with a hamstring injury while Juan Foyth will also likely miss the match with a knee injury. Francis Coquelin rounds out the unavailable players as his calf injury will keep him sidelined until November.

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Kounde, Roberto; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Fati, Lewandowski, Torres

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Rulli; Pedraza, Torres, Albiol, Femenia; Parejo, Capoue, Lo Celso; Morales, Danjuma, Baena

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