BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — David Villa continues start for Barcelona as they take on Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish La Liga at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Villa, who has been linked with a move away from Barcelona, struggled earlier in the season to get a consistent run in the starting line-up, but has been getting his chance of late.
Barcelona enter the game on the back of a dominating performance in the 4-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek and will be favourites to win at home again tonight.
Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique start at center-back, while captain Carles Puyol and midfield playmaker Xavi did not recover to play.
Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, will join Villa and Lionel Messi in the attacking line for Barcelona.
Dani Alves, Pedro and Alex Song are all on the bench, while Jose Pinto start in goal.
Barcelona Team: Pinto, Adriano, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Iniesta, Cesc, Alexis, Villa, Messi
Subs: Olazabal, Alves, Bartra, Thiago, Song, Pedro, Tello.
Rayo Vallecano Team: Ruben, Arbilla, Figueras, Galvez, Tito, Adrian, Trashorras, Carlos, Dominguez, Piti, Delibasic.