Derby Catalonia: Barca vs RCDE


Barcelona will find a way to hold on to the fragile hope of competing for the La Liga title when they host Espanyol's fourth-placed finish on Wednesday night. In contrast, Espanyol is 11 points behind with a safe position and their relegation will be confirmed if they lose to the Catalan giants in the middle of the week.







Barcelona are unbeaten in the last 29 home games (LaLiga) and have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 home games against Espanyol in every arena as well as unbeaten in 12 of the last 13 home games to host Espanyol . There have been more than 2.5 goals scored in the last 3 matches of Barcelona (LaLiga) and have seen less than 2.5 goals in the last 3 home games against Espanyol. Samuel Umtiti continued to have knee problems, helping Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique continue as center-backs and Sergi Roberto could continue as midfielder for the home team, with Nelson Semedo in Right back position again. Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi are expected to start the attack after a brilliant match together to beat Villarreal 4-1 easily on Sunday night. Quique Setien's teachers and students lost points to Sevilla. 

Jonathan Calleri was suspended for the visitors after being kicked out of the match against Leganes last time and Espanyol is expected to drop a striker to play more midfielders, with Sergi Darder set up to complement David Lopez and Marc Roca in central midfield. Didac Vila should return as a left-back for the away team, a few changes expected by the club's recent form of horrors. Espanyol has won the last 5 rounds (LaLiga) and lost 1 goal in the last 4 matches (LaLiga). Meanwhile, Espanyol's minimum 1-0 defeat to relegation rivals Leganes over the weekend made their Segunda relegation risk even higher, remaining at the bottom of the table with 24 points.


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