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RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona Match Preview

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The Catalan Derby is back and the Catalans are ready for an epic face-off . FC Barcelona travel to RCDE Stadium for a derby date with Espanyol on Saturday with their eyes fixed on the La Liga title.

FC Barcelona will be hoping to record their third consecutive win in the La Liga when they lock horns with Espanyol today. A win on Saturday would ensure that they will sit on the top of the table, whatever be the outcome of Real Madrid match.

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FC Barcelona will be high on confidence after defeating arch rivals Real Madrid and Osasuna within a week, but for the Blaugranas a trip across the city has often been more tricky than a trip to the Bernabéu in recent seasons.

Espanyol will step on their home turf as the underdogs as they haven’t won any of their last 15 Catalonian derbies against Barcelona in La Liga, (D3 L12).

But they can take heart from the fact that they have lost only 2 of their last 8 home games in La Liga, losing only to Real Sociedad in February and against Atlético in their previous game.

FC Barcelona are sitting on the top of the table with 78 points from 34 matches, thus leading Real Madrid only on head to head advantage. Real are chasing their first La Liga title since 2012 and they are on the driver’s seat as they are tied with FC Barcelona on the points table, with a game in hand too.

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Espanyol have nothing to loose and everything to gain from this fixture as they are on the 9th position with 50 points. So they are well set to be in La Liga in next season and they have no chances of winning the league too. This fact makes them a more dangerous unit.

Prior to that 1-0 defeat against Atlético on MatchDay 33, Espanyol had scored in each of their home game this year and this is a worrying fact for the Blaugranas.

Team News

Espanyol:

  • Oscar Duarte is injured, while Alvaro and Aaron are doubtful.
  • Hernan Perez returns after spending two games on the sideline through injury.
  • Victor Alvarez and Javi Lopez have been called up to replace Antonio Reyes and Andres Melendo.

FC Barcelona:

  • Yesterday Enrique announced that Iniesta has some problems and he is going to take a late call on him.
  • Neymar’s suspension is over and Brazilian superstar is likely to start against Espanyol.
  • Aleix Vidal and Rafinha are injured.

Form Guide

Barcelona: LLWDWW

Espanyol: WLWWLD

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 // Sunday, April 30, 2016 ( in INDIA, INDONESIA, CHINA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA )
Time: 18:45 (GMT) // 19:45 (BST) // 14:45 (ET) // 00:15 (IST)
Venue: Cornella-El Prat, Madrid, Spain
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
TV details: beIN Sports ( Canada, United States, France, Australia, Indonesia ) // FOX ( Brazil ) // Sky Sports ( United Kingdom ) // Movistar Partidazo ( Barcelona ) // Digiturk ( Turkey ) // PPTV ( China ) // Sportsnavi ( Japan ) // Ten 1 ( India )

Live Stream: Sky Go App (UK), fuboTV (U.S.), beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Mobdro App, Sony LIV app, JIO TV.

Head To Head

  • Overall Matches: 198 Matches ( 42 Draws )
  • RCD Espanyol: 43 wins ( 220 Goals )
  • FC Barcelona: 113 wins ( 377 Goals )

Likely Line-ups

RCD Espanyol: Diego Lopez; J. Lopez, D. Lopez, Reyes, Aaron; Fuego, Sanchez; Perez, Moreno, Piatti; Caicedo

Barcelona: ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Denis Suarez; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.