The BAR vs ESL match preview –
The league leaders of the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona, will be looking to extend their narrow margin as they face a neighbouring club in Espanyol FC on Saturday.
Barcelona are going through some testing times this season. It has nothing to do with them being below par, but the fact that the level of competition has increased. Sevilla and Atletico Madrid mean business and are keeping the champions on their toes. One slip might see either of the three clinch the title. They also have lost twice this year to small teams, and these are the kind of games Barcelona needs to win the clutch up.
On the other hand, Espanyol FC who were once the leaders of this league are tumbling down the table. They have lost four of their last six games causing them to be sitting in the 7th position. They are still only a few points off the top and if they are able to generate a similar kind of momentum, anything is possible. The realistic goal for the club has to make a late charge at a top-four finish so they are able to play UEFA Champions League next year.
BAR vs ESL Dream 11 Fantasy Team Prediction:
When and where?
This match is to be played at RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 40,500.
Where to watch Barcelona vs Espanyol FC live?
The clash will take place at 1:15 AM (IST) on December 9th, 2018 and can be streamed live on Hotstar.
Stats and Facts for Espanyol FC vs Barcelona:
BAR vs ESL recent form (Last six matches)
Barcelona – W W W D L D
Espanyol FC – W L L L W L
BAR vs ESL Head to head
Barcelona Won – 25
Espanyol FC Won – 3
Drawn – 9
BAR vs ESL Team News:
- No changes in the starting lineup are expected from the side.
- Rafinha, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti are the only absentees for the team.
- Marc Andre ter Stegen will be the goalkeeper for Barcelona.
- Marc Roca will be coming back to the starting XI to anchor the midfield.
- No player is injured or suspended for Espanyol FC.
- Diego Lopez will be the safety net for the backline.
BAR vs ESL Probable Playing 11:
Espanyol FC –
Lopez (GK), J. Lopez, D. Lopez, Hermoso, Vila, Darder, Roca, Granero, Perez, Iglesias, Piatti
Stegen (GK), Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Dembele, Messi, Coutinho
Players to look out for-
- Borja Iglesias
The Espanyol FC striker is having the best season of his career this time out. He has already scored eight goals and will be eyeing a double-figure return before this year comes to an end.
- Lionel Messi
The Superstar talisman is the best player for his team. He has been involved in 16 goals this season and this is just another ordinary stat for Messi.
Gambling India Info Match Prediction Barcelona vs Espanyol FC –
Barcelona are the better team in this contest and we back them to win the game.
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BAR vs ESL Dream 11 Team Predictions-
We will be taking a 7:4 ratio in this contest. Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho are included to score the goals for the Spanish La Liga leaders. Same goes for Iglesias and Granero for Espanyol FC.
In this team we have given some different options in midfield and defence.