Arguably the most prominent match in the third game week of the 2023-24 La Liga season is scheduled for Sunday afternoon when Villarreal hosts Barcelona at Estadio de la Cerámica.
With four points gained from their first two matches, Barcelona currently holds the sixth position in the league table. On the other hand, Villarreal, positioned tenth, has secured three points from their initial two games.
During the kickoff of the new season, Villarreal experienced a 2-1 defeat at home against Real Betis. Nevertheless, they rebounded in their latest match against Mallorca, achieving a victory.
In the previous season, Villarreal suffered two losses at the hands of Barcelona, including a 1-0 defeat in their February encounter. Additionally, their history shows a record of seven defeats in the last eight league matches against Barcelona.
Although Xavi’s team began their La Liga journey with a goalless draw against Getafe on August 13th, they clinched a victory in their recent game at Camp Nou, defeating Cadiz 2-0, with goals contributed by Pedri and Ferran Torres.
Beyond considering Barcelona’s dominant track record against Villarreal, this upcoming match poses a significant challenge for the defending champions. Their trials continue as they face a tough game against Osasuna before the international break.