Spanish La Liga tittle chasing Barcelona host city rivals Espanyol at the Camp Nou in the 164th edition of the Derbi barceloní.
Barcelona is currently on 3 games winning streak with the defending champions nicking a total of 16 goals in those 3 games. Barcelona sits top of the log with 85 points in 36 games, same point with Atletico Madrid whom they top with a better head to head.
Espanyol victory over Sevilla ends their 5 games winless streak. Espanyol sits 14th on the log with 40 point from 36 games.
- Barcelona has won 3 consecutive league games and failed to concede in those 3.
- Barcelona has won 3 of their last 5 home league games, losing 2 twice in those 5.
- Espanyol has won 1 of the last 5 away league game, lost 2 and drew 2.
- Espanyol has won 1 victory in their last 5 games in all competition and the league.
Team News: Barcelona
Barcelona is faced with fear of a longer return and weighter issue on Claudio Bravo Calf Injury woes. The Chilean born shot stopper was substituted in is side 2-0 victory over Real Betis and will be missed here.
Barcelona: Predicted Line-Up: (4-3-3)
Ter Stegen: Pique, Mascherano, Alves, Alba: Iniesta, Busquet, Rakitic: Messi, Neymar, Suarez
Team News: Espanyol
Constantin Galca will be without the services of Gonzalez Soberon in the defence, and Oscar Duarte in midfield. Both player reached their yellow limit last weekend and will be sitting out of this one due to a suspension. However, Javi Lopez will be available for selection after sitting out of last weekend 1-0 victory over Sevilla due to suspension.
Espanyol: Predicted Line-Up: (4-5-1)
Sabata: Lopez, Alvarez, Roco, Ruben: Diop, Sanchez, Perez, Burgui, Asensio : Caicedo
Barcelona Vs Espanyol: Head-To-Head-Stats
The last time Espanyol had the laugh in a game against their Sunday opponent was in the 2008/2009 season, were the Espanyol team under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino scored 2 quick goals as they salvaged a 2-1 victory over Pep tutored Barcelona.
However, the Periquitos have failed to win in the last 10 league meeting with Barcelona. Barcelona had defeated them 8 times in those 10 games, with 2 ending in a draw. In addition Espanyol have failed to defeat Barcelona in 18 meetings in all competition, with Barcelona commanding 16 victories in those 18 different clashes.
Barcelona Vs Espanyol: Prediction
With the level of competitiveness we are seeing at the top end of the log and the recovering spirit of the Barcelona side after 3 games torrid times, it will be save to say Barcelona most put in all their energy and strength for a needful maximum point.
Espanyol recent form in the league is the reason for my maximum point prediction for FC Barcelona. The Spanish giants has the man power and rejuvenated will to push for nothing but a win against their city rivals.