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Barcelona must beat Villarreal to maintain lead

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By Agencies

Posted  Saturday, December 14  2013 at  02:00

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That setback allowed title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to gain ground on the Catalan club, with the former now behind the defending champions on goal difference only

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Villarreal take on a Barca side with a number of injury concerns. Lionel Messi is still on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, with goalkeeper Victor Valdes (calf) also unavailable.

Barcelona host Villarreal today knowing they will likely need all three points to maintain their spot at the top of La Liga.

Gerardo Martino’s men suffered their first league loss of the campaign on December 1 as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao.

That setback allowed title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to gain ground on the Catalan club, with the former now behind the defending champions on goal difference only. Real are a further three points behind in third place, but Martino will be aware that his side can ill-afford another slip-up against a Villarreal team that is enjoying a strong return to the top flight.

LA LIGA (TODAY - LIVE)
Osasuna vs. Real Madrid
LIVE ON SS2, 6PM
Barcelona vs. Villarreal
SUNDAY
Sevilla vs. Athletic Club
LIVE ON SS2, 9PM
Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia
LIVE ON SS2, 11PM