Xavi will take care of his first away match as Barcelona boss when his team travels to face Villarreal in La Liga.
His impact was immediate last weekend when Barca stopped a four-match domestic win-free run against rivals Espanyol through a Memphis Depay spot-kick.
They were held at home by Benfica in the Champions League in the middle of the week, but they will enjoy their chances against a team from Villarreal who are currently sneaking below the middle of the table under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
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When is kick off? Saturday 27 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Estadio de la CeramicaTV channel / livestream? La Liga TV (UK), ESPN + (USA), TSN (Canada)Highlights? La Liga YouTube channelJudge? Cesar Soto GradoWHERE? Jose Luis Munuera Montero
Gerard Moreno has been ruled out for Villarreal / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / GettyImages
Unai Emery has a full squad to choose from, with the exception of talisman Gerard Moreno who is expected to miss with a hamstring injury.
The Spanish national team player has been a significant loss for Villarreal in recent weeks, with Emery forced to turn to the provisional strike pair Arnaut Danjuma and Yeremi Pino.
Fati will not join Barcelona / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / GettyImages
The injury situation is more critical for Xavi, with Ronald Araujo’s involvement the latest being cast in doubt after he was forced out with a hamstring problem in the middle of the week.
Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto will not play for Barcelona, while Pedri will remain out for the next few weeks after suffering a setback in his recovery. Martin Braithwaite has also been expelled.
Villarreal (4-4-2): Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Trigueros, Capoue, Parejo, Gomez; Pino, Danjuma.
Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, de Jong, Nico; Dembele, Depay, Gavi.
Barcelona celebrates with Antoine Griezmann / SOPA Images / GettyImages
Barca have not lost to Villarreal in a long time and have won 18 of their 22 meetings since 2010.
The Catalan club also won on their previous visit to the Estadio de la Ceramica in April, although the scorer of both goals in a 2-1 victory is now back in his trade with Atletico Madrid (Antoine Griezmann).
Depay celebrates / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages
This will be a major test of Xavi’s resume, with Barcelona likely to monopolize possession against a stubborn defensive unit.
Dembele’s return brought Barca to life in the middle of the week against Benfica and the former Borussia Dortmund man can prove the difference this weekend if he gets the nod.
Expect Barcelona to lead a competition with low points.
Prediction: Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona
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