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Leganes v Barcelona preview, predicted XI, team news and more

Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:06 IST

Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga
Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga

Leganes host Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque as the Catalan giants aim to consolidate their position in the top of the LaLiga standings. Ernesto Valverde's side are level on points with Real Madrid but are ahead of their arch-rivals, by virtue of their superior goal difference.

Leganes are rooted to the bottom of the table and are currently 7 points away from Celta Vigo in 17th place, but the home side will look to get their campaign back on track by causing a major upset against the reigning Spanish champions.

Surprisingly, Barcelona lost the corresponding fixture last season and will be wary of the Leganes' threat despite their position in the table, as they've struggled to find consistency away from home this season.

Leganes v Barcelona Head-to-Head

Barcelona lost the corresponding fixture last season, as Leganes rallied back from a goal behind to secure a 2-1 victory against the eventual champions. The two sides have met 6 times in the Spanish top-flight, with Catalan giants emerging victorious on 5 occasions.

Barcelona form guide: W-W-W-L-W

Leganes form guide: L-W-L-L-D

Leganes v Barcelona Team News

Barcelona's woes at full-back have been compounded in recent weeks, as Sergi Roberto is suspended and the likes of Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba have been ruled out due to minor injuries, paving the way for youngster Moussa Wague to make his debut for the club.

Otherwise, Valverde's side do not have other injuries concerns and are expected to field a full-strength squad against a hapless Leganes side, who've won just one game in the top-flight this season.

Injuries: Nelson Semedo, Jordi Alba


Suspensions: Jordi Alba

Leganes v Barcelona Predicted Lineups

Barcelona Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Moussa Wague, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Junior Firpo, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann

Leganes v Barcelona Prediction

Barcelona head into the game as overwhelming favourites and the reigning LaLiga champions should win comfortably unless the home side pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season so far. Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form since returning from injury and the Argentine is expected to lead from the front, as his side have been uncharacteristically sloppy on their travels this season.

Verdict - Leganes 0-2 Barcelona

Also check out:La Liga  La Liga fixtures La liga table 2019-20

Published 21 Nov 2019, 19:57 IST
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