Espanyol vs Barcelona Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More
Barcelona make the 10km journey to Espanyol on Sunday afternoon ahead of the fourth derbi barceloni of the season following the pair’s meeting in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals last month.
Despite a close contest in the cup, B
Going into the late-season clash, Real Madrid were favourites to be crowned La Liga champions but found themselves a goal behind at Real Zaragoza, and if things had remained, would have been heading into the final test of the campaign three points removed from their Clasico rivals.
However, with things seemingly swaying in the favour of those packed into the Camp Nou, over in Zaragoza
Espanyol striker Raul Tamudo sneaked in behind the hosts’ defence and slid his attempt past the spread eagle keeper to level things up, not only in the tie but also in the title chase, however, Los Blancos held the upper hand in the head-to-head.
Real Madrid would go on to win the title that year, and had it not been for the final minute lapse in concentration from the Barcelona back line against this weekend’s visitors 11 years ago, Barcelona could well have another championship to their name.
Luis Suarez vs Diego Lopez
It seems quite peculiar listing a goalkeeper in this part of the preview, however, if their early-season encounter is anything to go by, as well as Blaugrana’s
Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Vermaelen are both still sidelined and will play no part in proceedings.
For the hosts, left-winger
Although Espanyol became the first side since Real Madrid to claim victory over Barcelona in any competition last month, it is hard to look past Sunday’s visitors in terms of who will come out on top.
Even without the likes of Messi, Valverde’s outfit still possess severe quality in abundance throughout their squad, and they will simply have too much for