La Liga: Barcelona vs. Villarreal
Tonight, FC Barcelona will try to bounce back from their recent Champions League exit as they take on Villarreal CF at the Estadio El Madrigal for another exciting La Liga match.
Pep Guardiola’s men go into the final four games of the season with a one-point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid but their morale is quite low after they were defeated by Inter Milan on midweek. Barca won all six trophies available to them last term but now, the Spanish league crown is the last piece of silverware available to the Catalan giants.
Barca have a difficult game this evening because Villarreal also have a lot to play for. The Castellón club has lost only twice in 17 home games this season and has won five of their last six matches to climb up to sixth in the standings.
These teams drew 1-1 at the Camp Nou in January, with Pedro Ledesma netting the opener for the home side, and David Fuster getting the equalizer for the visitors.
Adding to coach Guardiola’s problems is the possibility that Xavi will miss out due to an injury he picked up in training on Thursday.
The match kicks-off at 22:00 CET (4:00 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Barca defeated Villarreal 4-1 to open a four-point cushion atop the Spanish league.
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