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Villarreal vs Barcelona PREVIEW

Preview stats Villarreal vs Barcelona.

The Spanish La Liga, November 27, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Villarreal vs Barcelona PREVIEW STATS

Since the 2008/09 season, Barcelona have played more games at La Cerámica without defeat (GP12 W8 D4) than at any other venue in the competition.

After four LaLiga games in a row without a win (D2 L2), Barcelona beat Espanyol 1-0 last time out – they are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season.

Barcelona have scored a league-high five goals in the first quarter of LaLiga games this season, however only one of them has come away from home – Ansu Fati v Celta de Vigo, the only time in the competition this term that the Blaugrana side has scored the opening goal of the game away from home.

Villarreal have won three of their last five home LaLiga games (D1 L1), as many wins as in their previous 11 home matches in the competition (W3 D3 L5).

Villarreal have failed to win any of their last 24 LaLiga games against Barcelona (D6 L18), their longest winless run against a single opponent in their top-flight history.

Villarreal have attempted a league-low seven shots from high turnovers this season, however only Rayo Vallecano, Celta de Vigo and Elche (3 each) have scored more goals resulting from high turnovers than them (two, alongside six other sides).

Villarreal have failed to win any of their five LaLiga games with Gerard Moreno this season (D3 L2). He will be missing for this game due to injury. Villarreal average 0.6 points per game with him in the side compared to 1.6 points per game without him this term (GP8 W3 D4 L1).

TOP PLAYER(S) STATS

Villarreal’s Unai Emery has only won a 5.3% of his games as a manager in LaLiga against Barcelona (GP19 W1 D5 L13), his lowest win percentage against an opponent he has met at least five times in the competition – his only win against them came with Sevilla in October 2015 (2-1).

Barcelona’s Memphis Depay has scored in his last tree LaLiga appearances (three goals in total), his longest scoring run in league competition since March-April 2018, six games as Olympique de Lyon player (seven goals).

Villarreal’s Alberto Moreno has scored two goals in his last eight LaLiga appearances, only one less than in his previous 72 games in the competition (3), netting last time out vs Celta de Vigo.

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