Leganes vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Butarque (Leganes).
The reigning champions lost the perfect record on Sunday evening when they were held by local rivals Girona in a small Catalan derby. It was a rather odd contest which saw Clement Lenglet’s 35th-minute red card which left Barcelona short-handed in the early stages of the game.
Blanquivermell took advantage of it by scoring two goals after Gerard Pique’s mistakes to turn things around after Lionel Messi’s opener. Ten-man Barca struggled to create up front with a rather mixed line-up. They grew in confidence when Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho came on from the bench. The equalizer came shortly after as Pique took advantage of the deflection inside Girona’s box to send the header into the back of the net and set the final score 2-2.
Ernesto Valverde’s men are still at the very top of the standings, but they now share it with Real Madrid who have previously defeated Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday evening at Santiago Bernabeu. Can Barca return on the winning ways in mid-week fixture against Leganes away at Butarque?
Leganes vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
Barcelona had no troubles against Leganes over the course of history.
Blaugrana won all of four head to head games with the Legionaries netting an impressive 13-goal tally in the process.
Barcelona bagged three goals both home and away against Leganes in the previous term of Primera Division.
Leganes vs Barcelona: Prediction
The match with Leganes comes just at the perfect moment for Barcelona as the hosts have really been struggling at the start of the season. They took just one point in five matches so far and will come into this on the back of three consecutive defeats.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s job is already rumoured to be on the line. The Argentine manager saw his men do nothing to threaten the likes of Villarreal and Eibar in last two rounds. Leganes failed to score more than once in past three outings and we can hardly see them avoid a comprehensive loss to the highly-motivated Barcelona side here.
The visitors should be in control from the very get go and we expect them to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end with ease.
Leganes vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
HT/FT Barcelona/Barcelona @ 1.72 (8/11)
Barcelona -2.5 handicap @ 2.90 (19/10).