Barcelona vs Leganes
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Ernesto Valverde did not want to gamble as he sent out the strongest line-up possible for the mid-week reverse fixture of the R16 Copa del Rey tie against Levante. It paid off as Barcelona easily annulled a one-goal deficit from the first leg and advanced into the quarter-final via a comfortable 3-0 victory on Thursday night at Camp Nou.
Ousmane Dembele confirmed his strong spell of form with a brace, while Lionel Messi set the final score converting from Nelson Semedo’s assist early in the second half. The Catalans will return to the league challenges on Sunday evening when they host Leganes in the last game of the day at Camp Nou.
Barca are five points clear at the top of the league ladder and are on the best way to defend the crown in Primera Division. They have been impressive domestically of late winning six in a row in La Liga. They shipped only one goal in the process.
Barcelona vs Leganes: Head-to-head
Barcelona were on a four-win run in H2H games against Leganes before losing for the first time ever against the Legionaries in this term of Primera Division.
Leganes claimed a 2-1 victory when two sides met each other in late-September last year at Butarque.
Each of five H2H games saw three or more goals scored.
Barcelona vs Leganes: Prediction
The Legionaries ended a four-game winless streak in La Liga by beating the rock-bottomed Huesca 1-0 last weekend at their Butarque. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men struggled a lot to break the deadlock on the occasion, but eventually it was Youssef En-Nesyri who made the difference 17 minutes from time.
The Legionaries backed up the victory with the mid-week Copa del Rey win over Real Madrid (1-0), but it was not enough to push them through to the quarter-final following the 3-0 loss in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu.
Leganes scored only seven goals in ten away matches this term. Barcelona kept a clean sheet in five of past six games in La Liga. We expect a one-way street and a comfortable clean sheet victory for the Catalans here.
Barcelona vs Leganes: Bet Tips
Barcelona -2.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20)
Barcelona to keep a clean sheet @ 1.66 (4/6).