Barcelona vs Villarreal – LIVE!
Barcelona began their 2020-21 LaLiga campaign with a comfortable victory against Villarreal at Camp Nou on Sunday evening.
Ansu Fati notched a brace in Ronald Koeman’s first league game in charge, while Lionel Messi also netted from the penalty spot against Unai Emery’s side.
Pau Torres later scored an own goal as Barcelona made a strong start to their bid to regain the title they lost to Real Madrid last term.
Follow all the reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s Ben Hayward in Barcelona…
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Date, time and venue
Barcelona vs Villarreal is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: UK viewers will be able to watch the match on Premier Sports, in conjunction with LaLigaTV, which holds the rights to show Spanish football across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Viewers with a Sky subscription can sign up to watch LaLigaTV for free until October 15, while those who don’t have the same time to sign up and stream matches on Premier Player.
For more information, click here.
Barcelona XI: Neto, Roberto, Lenglet, Pique, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Coutinho, Messi, Griezmann, Ansu Fati
Substitutes: Inaki Pena, Arnau Tenas, Araujo, Mingo, Junior, Alena, Pjanic, Rafinha, Riqui Puig, Dembele, Pedri, Trincao
Villarreal XI: Asenjo; Mario, Abiol, Pau Torres, Estupinan; Moi, Parejo, Coquelin, Chukwueze; Gerard, Alcacer
Substitutes: Rulli, Funes Mori, Jaume Costa, Trigueros, Iborra, Lanchi, Kubo, Baena, Bacca, Fer Nino
Prediction: Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal
Though Barcelona have endured a turbulent summer after a difficult end to last season, it’s difficult to look past a home win.
Indeed, there may still be unrest within the squad, with Messi publicly criticising the club for “throwing” Luis Suarez out and into the hands of rivals Atletico Madrid.
However, with Messi still in the team – and Koeman looking for his first Barca win – I’m expecting a narrow home win.
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