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
Before 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.
Not only staring down the barrel of an early European exit, but any lapse of concentration in LaLiga could also 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 goal of the season with a well-taken brace.
Villarreal 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 this time, though, and should present a much sterner test.