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La Liga champions Barcelona are back in action on Wednesday as they welcome Villarreal to the Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde’s side will be out to maintain their unbeaten streak but face a team aiming to secure qualification for next season’s Europa League.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the match, followed by team news and a preview.
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports Mix (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.)
Barcelona have no new injury problems but will be without Sergi Roberto due to suspension. The right-back was shown a straight red card in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday and should be replaced by Nelson Semedo.
Villarreal are still without long-term injury victim Bruno Soriano. Midfielder Javi Fuego could return after missing the wins over Celta Vigo and Valencia while Jaume Costa is available after suspension.
Barcelona Three Games Away From History
Barcelona head into the game on the back of a Clasico draw with Real Madrid which means they have still not tasted defeat in La Liga after 35 games.
The team are now just three games away from claiming an invincible season and joining a select group of clubs to have achieved the feat, per Dermot Corrigan at ESPN FC:
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Barca now have to get through Villarreal [h], Levante [a] and Real Sociedad [h] for ‘els invencibles’ to join Milan 91/92, Arsenal 03/04 & Juventus 11/12 in going unbeaten through a full big five leagues season.
Barcelona may have already secured a league and cup double but the prospect of completing an unbeaten season means they still have plenty to play for.
Lionel Messi can also finish the season as the top scorer in Spain and Europe. The Argentine leads the way in La Liga with 33 goals and also tops the European rankings, per ESPN UK:
Messi and strike partner Luis Suarez have been in prolific form in recent games and were both on target in the draw with Madrid.
The duo look hungry to finish the season on a high and could cause Villarreal all sorts of problems if they are not careful at the Camp Nou.
Villarreal Join Guard of Honour Debate
Real Madrid did not offer Barcelona a guard of honour on Sunday, but Villarreal will perform the tradition, per Javier Mata at AS.
Yet Barcelona will also need to treat Villarreal with respect as the visitors come into the game on the back of three straight wins.
Javier Calleja’s side are sixth in the table and chasing qualification for next season’s Europa League. They are five points ahead of Getafe, having played a game less, and are in a strong position to qualify.
However, they still have some tough fixtures to negotiate starting on Wednesday. Their final two games then take them to Deportivo La Coruna before a visit from Real Madrid.