​Barcelona welcome 13th place Leganes in La Liga on Sunday seeking to maintain their 5 level lead over Atletico Madrid on the high of the desk.

The Blaugrana are on track to assert a fifth La Liga title in six years, dealing with a facet who’ve received back-to-back matches in opposition to Actual Madrid and Huesca respectively.

Lionel Messi

Take a look at 90min’s preview of Saturday’s tie beneath.


The place to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Sunday 20th January
What Time Is Kick Off?19:45 GMT
The place Is it Performed?Camp Nou
TV Channel/Dwell Stream?beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Referee?N/A


Group Information

After fielding a robust facet in Thursday’s outing in opposition to Levante within the Copa del Rey, Ernesto Valverde would possibly look to relaxation a number of gamers with struggling Leganes on the horizon. Nonetheless, the membership are quick in central defence with each Thomas Vermaelen and Sameul Umtiti sidelined – forcing Valverde to play on mortgage Colombian Jeison Murillo in solely his second sport for the Blaugrana on Thursday.

The opposite accidents for Valverde to cope with are long-term absentee Rafinha, who suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament and is not due again till Could, whereas Sergi Samper’s calf harm has ​stored him out of motion since November.

Jeison Murillo,Emmanuel Boateng

Guests Leganes head to Camp Nou hoping striker Michael Santos might return from a knock, with centre again Ezequiel Munoz set to overlook out with a groin harm.


Predicted Lineups

BarcelonaCillessen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Rakitic, Vidal; Dembele, Suarez, Messi.
LeganesCuellar; Juanfran, Bustinza, Omeruo, Siovas, Kravetz, Eraso, Recio, Gerard Gumbao, Merino, Braithwaite


Head to Head Report

It may very well be a case of revenge for ​Barcelona as they suffered their first lack of the season after they travelled to Leganes again in September. Los Pepineros pulled off a significant shock as Nabil el Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez scored simply 68 seconds​ aside to overturn their 1-Zero deficit – in a conflict between what was high and backside of ​La Liga.

Oscar Rodriguez

The season earlier than, nevertheless, noticed Barcelona declare six factors over Sunday’s guests, scoring six targets within the course of on their method to the title.


Latest Type

Regardless of surprisingly shedding 2-1 within the first leg of their Copa del Rey spherical of 16 match away at Levante​, Valverde’s males overturned that deficit and restored parity with a ​3-0 win on Thursday. Sandwiched in between was one other 3-Zero success over Eibar in La Liga.

Leganes, in the meantime, have secured back-to-back 1-Zero victories over Huesca in La Liga and ​Real Madrid within the second leg of their Copa del Rey spherical of 16 match, respectively. On this case, nevertheless, it wasn’t sufficient to overturn a 3-Zero combination rating they suffered within the first leg.

BarcelonaLeganes
Barcelona 3-Zero Levante (17/1)Leganes 1-Zero Actual Madrid (16/1)
Barcelona 3-Zero Eibar (13/1)Leganes 1-Zero Huesca (12/1)
Levante 2-1 Barcelona (10/1)Actual Madrid 3-Zero Leganes (09/1)
Getafe 1-2 Barcelona (06/1)Espanyol 1-Zero Leganes (04/12)
Barcelona 2-Zero Celta Vigo (22/12)Leganes 1-1 Sevilla (23/12)


Prediction

With their attentions turned to home motion now, Barcelona will likely be eager to keep up their wholesome 5 level lead atop of La Liga. Internet hosting a Leganes facet filled with confidence, having received their final two matches, there may be at all times the potential for a possible banana pores and skin on the playing cards.

That stated, it’s a totally different kettle of fish whenever you journey to Catalonia to play Barcelona, and it could be a monumental shock ought to the guests purchase a constructive end result on Sunday. The shocking statistic is that Leganes have solely conceded yet another aim than the hosts within the league this season, their tally of 21 is spectacular, nevertheless, they’ve solely mustered 17 targets compared.

Ernesto Valverde

Doubtlessly a tight affair, but when anybody can break down the Leganes defence, it is ​Lionel Messi‘s Barcelona.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-Zero Leganes

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