BAR vs ESL Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Espanyol vs Barcelona Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
When: December 09, 01:15 AM, IST
Where: Cornellà-El Prat (RCDE Stadium)
BAR vs ESL Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Barcelona will make a short trip within the city to take on city rival Espanyol in La Liga in the first instalment of Catalan Derby at RCDE Stadium, tomorrow on Saturday night (IST).
Espanyol are in the midst of a purple patch at the moment and the form alone can’t be trusted in the match against their esteemed rivals from the same city.
It was only until last month, precisely the period between September 25 and November 11 where they won four times in La Liga, that Espanyol were sitting at fourth and were dreaming about a European venture next season. But dreams require a perseverance from the dreamer and in a team game, it requires a collective effort exuding more intensity than your opponents. And that’s where this club has failed in the last month.
Rubi’s men are now on a three-game losing streak in La Liga, including a chastening 1- home loss against Girona. This little period has left the left at seventh place. However, thanks to the good work of the last month, Espanyol are still within touching distance of top-4, and only four points away from 3rd placed Atletico Madrid.
The dreams can still be achieved, however, they have to beat Barcelona to really infuse a proper belief.
Barcelona have endured their fair share of ups and downs this season. They are averaging just two points per game, and still lead the table coming into this match, one and three points ahead of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid respectively. The struggle of Real Madrid is the reason why it’s the case.
The Catalan giants have performed quite well in the big games this season. They thumped Real Madrid 5-1 in the El Clasico, beat Sevilla 4-2 while scrapping out to earn a 1-1 draw at Wanda Metropolitano against Atletico Madrid. In addition, the team has also won two big games in the Champions League against Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.
The two losses have come in La Liga, an out-of-the-blue 2-1 away loss against relegation fighter Leganes, and an equally unthinkable 3-4 home defeat against Real Betis. And Ernesto Valverde’s men have also drawn four games, few of which came against teams currently fighting for their top-flight status.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Espanyol – L W L L L W
Barcelona – D L D W W W
BAR vs ESL Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Espanyol vs Barcelona Team News:
Injured – Naldo and Sergio Garcia both have been ruled out for the home side.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Manager Rubi has no other injury concerns ahead of this match.
Note: Striker Borja Iglesias has scored eight goals for Espanyol and will once again be leading his side in the local derby.
Defender Mario Hermoso has garnered interests from all over the world and is expected to start, as are wingers Pablo Piatti and Hernan Perez.
Key Players – Iglesias, Piatti
Injured – Rafinha (knee injury), Samuel Umtiti (knee injury) and Sergi Roberto (hamstring) all have been ruled out of the match with their respective injuries.
Also, Barcelona revealed that Malcom suffered an ankle injury and will be out for 10 to 15 days, meaning he will be missing the match against Tottenham in the Champions League.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Luis Suarez and Arthur missed the last two games for Barcelona, but have taken participation in training on Thursday. The duo are expected to be given a chance to prove their fitness and are expected to feature against Espanyol.
Midfielder Arturo Vidal is also expected to recover from an illness.
Note: Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele both will be fighting for a place on the wing.
Key Players – Messi, Rakitic
BAR vs ESL Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Espanyol– Diego Lopez (GK), Javi Lopez, Duarte, Hermoso, Vila, Perez, Darder, David Lopez, Granero, Piatti, Iglesias
Barcelona – Ter Stegen (GK), Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
BAR vs ESL Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
It’s the Catalan derby and Barcelona hold an imperious record in this fixture. Expect the visitors to put on a show here.
Messi is an obvious choice to go with as a forward, while Iglesias will be riding high on the home support.
Piatti and Lopez can string a pass or two, while Coutinho and Rakitic can pop up with the goal at any moment.
We have gone with two fullbacks here, and it looks good on the paper, at least.
No change in the attack, though Suarez has tarvelled with the squad and is in conention to play.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It’s a derby and Barcelona hold an upper hand in this particular fixture.
An away win is our call.
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