The new Barcelona, who are without talisman Luis Suarez will kick-start their season under new manager Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou against Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal.
In the last 31 matches between these two teams, Barcelona have won 21 games, while Villarreal have won just 3 matches, with 7 games ending in a draw. In their last 5 meetings, the best the Yellow Submarines got was a 4-4 draw, the Catalan giants won others.
Barcelona will be without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, defender Samuel Umtiti and striker Martin Braithwaite due to injury. Naija star Samuel Chukwueze is expected to start for Villarreal, but Raul Albiol and Carlos Bacca are major doubts. Ruben Peña, Alberto Moreno, Ramiro Guerra, and Manu Morlanes will miss due to injury.
This will be the start of a new beginning for Barcelona under Koeman, and with all the off the field problems with club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, captain Lionel Messi and the sale of some players, it will be difficult to know what to expect from Barcelona. But Villarreal will pose a big threat.
You can catch the game live on DSTV channel 204, SuperSport La Liga on Sunday September 27 2020, by 8:00pm Naija time.