Barcelona vs Espanyol Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Barcelona vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga, Spain
Date: Saturday, 30th March 2019
Kick off at: 15.15 UK Time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

After two weeks of international break, Barcelona area looking to continue their winning streak this weekend. Ernesto Valverde’s side set to face a tricky derby battle against Espanyol at Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this weekend La Liga battle.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up help them getting maximum points.

Barcelona

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g)Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba(def);Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur(mid);Messi, Suarez, Coutinho(att)

Espanyol

Expected Formation: 4-5-1

Probable Lineups: D. Lopez(g)Rosales, Naldo, Hermoso, Vila(def);Wu, V. Sanchez, Roca, Granero, Perez(mid);Iglesias(att).

Recent Form

Before going into this Spanish La Liga clash, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.

Barcelona

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWW

Blaugrana have been in such excellent form recently as in their last five matches they’ve picked up nothing but wins. After their two straight victories against Madrid, Barca seems unstoppable in all competition.

In their latest fixture, Barcelona were able to take down Real Betis in a convincing 4-1 win. Valverde will be hoping that his side can maintain their excellent run.

Espanyol

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :DDWDL

Blanquiazules haven’t been picking up the best of results lately as they only got one win out of their last five fixtures. Rubi’s side only suffered one defeat though as they drawn their other three games.

Espanyol’s latest league match before the international break was a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Sevilla. The visitor will try their best to come away with at least a point on Saturday.

Team News

Barcelona

Valverde has a pretty complete squad for selection, except for Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha, who are still injured. Philippe Coutinho could get the start again this weekend following Dembele’s injury.

Samuel Umtiti has been getting much fitter, but Clement Lenglet still look to start on Saturday. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to leading Barca’s front line.

Espanyol

Espanyol have more injury problems compared to their rival as they will be missing several names. Pablo Piatti along with Sergio Garcia are still out as they haven’t recovered from injuries.

Sergi Darder is also unavailable this weekend after receiving a sending off in their last match. However, Viktor Sanchez will return into action after serving his suspension.

Head to Head Records:

The two teams’ last five encounter have mostly went in Barca’s favor with three wins, one draw and one defeat.

Their latest match up at Camp Nou happened on January 26, 2018 in Copa del Rey, which was won by Blaugrana 2-0.

Match Prediction

Being in an excellent form, Barca will be full of confidence as they take on their rival at Camp Nou. Valverde is expecting another positive result as they look to continue their winning streak.

Espanyol won’t go down without any fight though as they will give their best to stop Barca. The home team will be strong favorite to win, but the visitor are hoping to cause a shock.

Final Score: 3-1

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