Espanyol take on Barcelona in the Laliga Matchday19. This is a catalan derby and we can expect some high flying action. Both sides are coming into this match with different hopes. Espanyol is looking to get out of the relegation zone while Barcelona would be hoping to stay at the top of the league.
Espanyol have struggled this season and have managed to score just 10 points from the 18 matches they have played. The have conceded 34 goals, the highest in the league. The stats look very disheartening for the home side. They have not won in the last 9 home matches and have conceded at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches in the league. Esteban Granero is sidelined due to suspension for the home side, so David Lopez is expected to feature at centre-back. Matias Vargas is a doubt with an ankle sprain while Javi Lopez and Didac Vila are expected to be in the starting 11.
Barcelona are at the top of the league table, separated by just 2 points from their eternal rivals Real Madrid. Their win against Alaves and draws against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid helped them to pull away from the chasing pack. The league leaders will be confident in facing Espanyol since they are undefeated in 22 of their last 24 matches against their rivals. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is sidelined with a knee problem, so Neto will feature in goal for Barcelona.
ESL VS BAR Match timings & details
Espanyol will host their rivals Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday. The game will start at 1:30 am Indian Standard Time on 5th January 2019.You can catch the live action on Facebook. Live scores and scoreboard details will be available on the official websites.
ESL VS BAR: Recent Form (LaLiga 2019-20)
ESL VS BAR: Head to Head (Last 6- All competitions)
Played : 6
ESL : 1
ESL VS BAR Predicted starting team (XI)
ESL Predicted line-up : Diego López; Javi López, Bernardo, Calero, Dídac; Darder, David López, Roca, Vargas; Wu Lei, Calleri.
BAR Predicted line-up : Neto; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann
ESL VS BAR: Best players
Lionel Messi: Espanyol are one of Messi’s favourite opponents. He has scored 25 goals in his 33 matches against them, scoring twice the last time they met. This season the little magician has scored 13 Goals and 6 assists. He will be looking to add to his goal tally against Espanyol’s weak defence.
Luis Suarez: He has come back to form this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting in 6. Suarez might come alive in this match and score some goals.
ESL VS BAR Predicted Dream11
F. De Jong
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