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No Alexis Sánchez, but Joan Oriol will have plenty of company down his flank.
No Alexis Sánchez, but Joan Oriol will have plenty of company down his flank.

No pressure on Villarreal today against Barcelona at El Madrigal. Aside from sitting uncomfortably in the league table and with Nilmar's impending move to São Paulo FC hanging over the squad like the sword of Damocles. No expectation of a result, that is.

EPM reports that manager José Molina will repeat the starting XI that comprehensively defeated Sporting 3-0 on Monday evening. My thoughts? Carlos Marchena should start, whether at center back or in the doble pivote in place of a weary Marcos Senna. The ex-Valencia man's experience and guile is worth something in big matches.

But we will likely see: D. López; Ángel, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Oriol; Bruno, Senna; Borja, Cani; Joselu, Ruben. Without Hernán Pérez (injury) in the squad, Molina has limited offensive options. Should be a good test for a young manager, especially if the match remains close.

The match begins at 4 pm Eastern Time and airs on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes (U.S.). Let's win one for Giuseppe Rossi. Remember the hashtag #VILBAR for your tweets. Endavant Villarreal!