LEG vs BAR Dream11: Reigning champions and the current leaders Barcelona travel to take on bottom-rooted Leganes in La Liga this weekend. The home side is struggling in every sense, while Barca are currently enjoying the view from the top of the table. Who will come out on top?
Leganes brace themselves for a difficult season:
The current 2019-20 campaign is Leganes' fourth consecutive season at the top tier of Spanish football. Considering the club has never been in La Liga before earning the promotion back in 2016, taking also in consideration, the budget, and the profile of the stadium, this period from 2016-17 to the current one, without a shadow of any doubt, is the best in this club's history. The tipping point of every effort made by the players and the club as a whole, the icing on the cherry, came last season when this tiny club from Madrid finished at a remarkable 13th place to cap the highest ever position in its history. That was its golden perch.
Now in the current context, the worst possible nightmare is threatening to become a reality, as they prop up the table having won just once in the first 13 league games. The next game has everything to make the situation even more grave as they face Barcelona, and the defeat could leave them seven points adrift of safety. That's a huge gap.
Strange season indeed!
Barca are averaging just shade over two points per game this season, and have already lost three times in the first 12 league games. Still, the Catalan giants sit at the very summit in La Liga, which is an indication of how top teams like Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have struggled in the early going.
Match Timing: November 23, @ 05: 30 PM
Match Venue: Butarque Stadium
A win for Barcelona is priced at 1.45, while Leganes' win has 7.0 value. It means, that Barca are the clear cut favorite to win the game. Barcelona are expected to keep a clean sheet as well and are priced at 1.848 to end the game with a shutout.
Leganes to win: 7.0 (6/1), Probability to happen: 14.29%
Barcelona to win: 1.45 (9/20), Probability to happen: 58.97%
Draw: 4.5 (7/2), Probability to happen: 22.22%
Barcelona to win by goal(s)-to-nil: 1.848
And that's a no-brainer that Lionel Messi is the first in line to score anytime in the game. The Argentine superstar is priced at 1.77.
Expect Messi to play more than three key passes in the match.
Messi to end the game with at least two shots on target.
Martin Braithwaite to have at least one shot on target and to win at least one header inside the penalty box.
Frenkie De Jong to avoid booking in this game.
Luis Suarez to score anytime in the match, and before Antoine Griezmann.
Youssef En-Nesyri to play at least one key pass and has one shot on target from outside the penalty box.
Expect a booking for Roque Mesa.
Leganes team news: Leganes' new boss Javier Aguirre has his task cut out in his very first game as the squad is hit with injuries and suspension to key players. Kevin Rodrigues and Recio are both suspended for this game. The former was sent off for two offenses, while Recio picked up his 5th booking of the season before the international break. Alexander Szymanowski, meanwhile, is out for the rest of the season due to a cruciate ligament rupture.
In addition, Marc Navarro will miss the game with an injury, while Ruben Perez and Christian Rivera are listed as questionable.
Barcelona team news: Sergi Roberto is suspended, while Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba are out of this game with the injury.
Centre-back Clement Lengled failed to make the cut due to the leg injury he picked up on international duty with France, while Arthur has been left out of the squad. Samuel Umtiti is expected to start at the back, alongside Gerard Pique.
Moussa Wague is in the squad and is the only viable option to feature at right-back in this game. Ivan Rakitic recovered from the injury and is in the squad, while academy player Morer earned his first call to the senior Barca squad.
Leganes: Cuellar (GK), Rosales, Bustinza, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva, Oscar, Mesa, Ruben Perez, N Nesyri, Braithwaite
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (GK), Wague, Umtiti, Pique, Firpo, Busquets, De Jong, Griezmann, Dembele, L Suarez, Messi
Barcelona have 34 wins in the last 38 league games and we can't see that record being stretched to five games here. A win for Barca is our call.