Leganes vs Barcelona: Everything you need to know about this match

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La Liga leaders Barcelona face Leganes on Saturday afternoon, with Ernesto Valverde’s side looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Barcelona are unbeaten this season, having won all but one of their opening 11 games, while Leganes have enjoyed a solid start to this season’s campaign, currently sitting in ninth place.

Having beaten Bilbao and held Atletico to a goalless draw so far at home this season, the trip to Leganes certainly won’t be an easy task for Barca as they look to take another step to securing the league title.

Leganes endured a tough first encounter with the Catalan giants last season, with the visitors securing a 5-1 win courtesy of a brace from Lionel Messi, while Luis Suarez, Neymar and Rafinha also got on the scoresheet.

However, Leganes held Barca until the 90th minute in the return fixture, only to see Messi convert from the spot to earn his side a 2-1 victory.

Team News:

Barcelona will be without trusty all-rounder Sergi Roberto, who is ruled out until early next month with a hamstring injury, while long-term absentees Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, and Arda Turan remain on the sidelines.

Potential Leganes Starting Team: Cuellar, Zaldua, Siovas, Munoz, Rico, Eraso, Perez, Pires, Amrabat, Beauvue, Szymanowski

<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”es” dir=”ltr”>📹<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaPreviaPepinera?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LaPreviaPepinera</a> | ¡Mañana todos a Butarque! ¡A las 16:15h nos espera un partidazo! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Legan%C3%A9sBar%C3%A7a?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LeganésBarça</a> <a href=”https://t.co/m7Uv8yXmWk”>pic.twitter.com/m7Uv8yXmWk</a></p>&mdash; C.D. Leganés (@CDLeganes) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CDLeganes/status/931630075807707138?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 17, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Potential Barcelona Starting Team: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Alcacer, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi

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Match Details:

Competition: La Liga

Stadium: Butarque

Time and Date: 3:15pm Saturday 18th November


Barcelona look more than likely to extend their lead at the top of La Liga, with every area of the team seemingly thriving this season under Ernesto Valverde.

If Leganes are to stand any chance of walking away from Saturday’s game with a point, they will need to contain a rampant Barcelona strike force, which could prove to be an almighty task.

Prediction: Leganes 0 – 3 Barcelona