ESPANYOL VS FC BARCELONA : MATCH PREVIEW , TEAM NEWS.By Ashwin Ponnusamy
December 17, 2018
ESPANYOL VS FC BARCELONA
Can Espanyol repeat their first leg result of Copa del Rey in La Liga?
Venue: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Date/Time: Sunday, February 4th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 8.45pm IST (India).
Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 22.
Barcelona injuries: Ousmane Dembélé,Thomas Vermaelen.
Espanyol injuries: Sergio García (Doubftul), Pablo Piatti, Dídac Vilá, Jairo Morilla.
Its Derby time . This will be the last meeting between the two sides in this season. Barcelona and Espanyol have already faced each other three times and Espanyol are the only team to upset Barcelona this season.
Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde told his club’s official website: “After the last two games in such a short amount of time I don’t think there will be many surprises. They will play with enthusiasm, pressure and they will try and repeat their result in the first leg of the Copa.” Espanyol fans would be on their toes and would love to see their team put an end to the Barca’s unbeaten league run. The conflict between Barca players and Espanyol fans will definitely heat up this fixture.
He added: “I don’t want to relax because of the lead we have. Thinking about it might lead to making mistakes and there are lots of points still to play for. Our intention is to win tomorrow and get another three points.”
The link up between Messi and Coutinho is getting better day by day and its really scintillating to watch. Barca would definitely start with a best squad possible to grab the three points.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Sergio, Iniesta, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez
Espanyol (4-2-3-1): López; Navarro, Hermoso, Duarte, Aarón; López, Sánchez; Baptistao, Darder, García; Moreno