first time this season the Camp Nou will open its doors for an official Barcelona match, and it is a good one Watch Live FREE: the Blaugrana kick off the La Liga season against a very strong Villarreal team, and this should be a very fun 90 minutes. And you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!
Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 3
Date/Time: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
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How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport Football (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others.How to stream: fuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), others.Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!
Barcelona kick off their 2020-21 season in LaLiga against Villarreal tonight as the Catalans begin life without Luis Suarez.The Uruguayan striker signed for Atletico Madrid on Friday and has been replaced in the centre-forward role by Antoine Griezmann in the Camp Nou clash.
Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati play either side of Lionel Messi in Ronald Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets start in the double pivot in midfield, with Miralem Pjanic in line to make his debut from the bench after joining from Juventus in June.
First-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is still recovering from knee surgery, so Neto takes his place between the sticks
Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti are sidelined, but young midfielder Riqui Puig will be on the bench despite being told previously by Koeman he was not in the club’s plans for this season.
But they may take confidence into the new campaign, kicking off against a Villarreal team they have not lost to in the league since 2008, a run of 22 games 16 wins, six draws. The Blaugrana have also lost just one of their opening La Liga games when playing at home, and that came 81 years ago in 1939.So, can Barcelona keep their records going? Or will Villarreal’s recent away form losing just three of their past 11 in La Liga ruin Koeman’s homecoming?
David Silva traded Manchester City’s blue jersey for Real Sociedad’s stripes as the 34-year-old returned to Spain following a Premier League stint which saw him win four titles.However, the midfield maestro isn’t expected to travel with the team to Valladolid on Sunday as Silva has tested positive for COVID-19. Real Sociedad, nevertheless, will look to build on their sixth-place finish in the La Liga last season, which saw them qualify for the Europa League group stages.
Villarreal will be under the spotlight as well after the Yellow Submarine appointed three-time Europa League-winning manager Unai Emery at the helm following their fifth-place finish last season. Villarreal host Huesca at La Cerámica on Sunday.Six-time La Liga champions Valencia will kick start their campaign by hosting Levante at the Mestalla on Monday. After missing out on European football by just three points last season, Los Murcielagos will be determined to go a step further this time.
The contest is the third on preseason for Ronald Koeman’s squad. In the Dutchman’s debut as coach the blaugranes defeated Nàstic de Tarragona 3-1 at the Estadi Johan Cruyff before going on to beat Girona by the same score at the same venue in their second run out.
Opponents in the Joan Gamper Trophy game Elche won promotion back to the Spanish First Division for the first time since 2015 just last month when they beat Girona 1-0 on aggregate over two legs in the Second Division promotion play off. That victory allowed them to join Huesca and Cádiz as this season’s new boys in the Primera División and they come to Camp Nou still in preseason themselves under new coach Jorge Almirón with their league debut to come on the weekend of the 26/27 September against Real Sociedad, the same weekend Barça make their debut against Villarreal.