|La Liga 2013-14|
| RCD Espanyol
||vs|| FC Barcelona
ScheduleSaturday, 26 November 2022 at 08:36 GMT / 08:36 UK / 14:06 IST
Next Saturday, Barcelona will embark on a short trip to Estadi Cornèlla-El Prat to measure forces with their city rivals, Espanyol. Tata Martino’s boys are highly motivated thanks to two three consecutive and solid wins (one of which against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu), and next Saturday’s match will certainly constitute a good opportunity for the Blaugranas to apply some extra pressure on the league leaders Atlético Madrid, who will have a difficult match at Bilbao.
Martino implemented some changes in the team on the match against Celta but next Saturday he might not spare his best players due to the quality of their opponents, who despite some inconsistency on their performances this season, are a very dangerous team specially when playing at home.
Martino will not be able to count on the team’s regular goalkeeper Victor Valdés, who will miss the rest of the season, and on Carles Puyol, Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan dos Santos, and Oier Olazábal, all of them sidelined due to injury.
As for Espanyol, next Saturday’s match is also very important if they still want to claim a place on next season’s European competitions. The team’s manager, Javier Aguirre, will certainly rely on his 4-4-2 tactical scheme that offered the team an important victory at La Rosaleda against Malága last Tuesday. The team’s captain, Sergio Garcia, who is enjoying a very positive moment after having contributed with one goal and one assist on the team’s last match, will certainly pose the main threat to Barcelona’s defence line.
Javier Aguirre will probably not be able to count on David López, who is still recovering from a recent injury, while Jhon Cordoba and Abraham, both sidelined due to long-term injuries, will surely miss the match.
When both teams went head-to-head last November, Barcelona defeated Espanyol 1-0 at Camp Nou, on a match that turned out to be extremely complicated to the home side.
Next Saturday, although playing at home, Espanyol might not have the necessary strength to defeat an extra moralized Barcelona that are enjoying their best moment so far this season.
Barcelona: W-23 L-4 D-3
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Espanyol: W-11 L-12 D-7
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Barcelona (4-3-3) - Pinto - Dani Alves - Piqué - Mascherano - J.Alba - Busquets - Xavi - Iniesta - Neymar - Sánchez - Messi.
Espanyol (4-4-2) - Casilla - J. López - Colotto - H. Moreno - Fuentes - V. Sánchez - D. López - Pizzi - Álex Fernandez - Stuani - S. Garcia
Prediction: Espanyol 1 Barcelona 3