FC Barcelona take on Espanyol in the Spanish La Liga game on Sunday, 04 February 2018 at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. Its a massive game for Catalunya side in a sense that they can extend their lead at top of the table if nearest rivals Atletico Madrid drop points on Saturday. Espanyol are a decent side who have already faced Barcelona three times this season losing twice at Camp Nou and winning the first leg of Copa Del Rey quarterfinal in their own backyard. This is a potential banana skin for Barcelona and i expect a tight game on Sunday afternoon.
FC Barcelona vs Espanyol Highlights
Spanish La Liga Match
Date: Sunday, 04 February 2018 – Time: 16:15 CET / 15:15 UK time
Venue: RCDE Stadium in Barcelona
TV Channels: SkySports (UK), beIN Sports (US, Canada, Australia and Middle-east)
Barcelona vs Espanyol Preview: Its a catalunya derby and Barcelona go into the game slightly under pressure having dropped 6 points behind Real Madrid in title race. But Sunday’s fixture give them oppertunity to close the gap to three as Madrid are busy playing in Club world cup. A win is crucial for Barcelona as it will be the last game before winter.
Last time these two meet back in May 2016, Barcelona put 5 past Espanyol to clinch 2015-16 La Liga title. Luis Enrique will be hoping for another similar result.
Espanyol are no pushovers but they have a moutain to climb in the second leg having already lost 4-1 in first leg. But their manager has vowed to take this game like any other and wants to win it regardless of the aggregate score.
Lionel Messi early first half strike via freekick in just 8th minute had put Barcelona 1-0 up but Espanyol made life difficult for them after that. However Luis Suarez scored two goals just after the break to kill the tie and earn three points for Barcelona as they go into the last weekend on top of the spanish La Liga.
FC Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol Highlights
[Spanish La Liga, Sunday, 08 May 2016 ]
08′ 1 – 0 Lionel Messi amazing freekick gave an early lead for Barcelona to ease the nervous at Camp Nou.
52′ 2 – 0 Luis Suarez continue his rich goal scoring form with yet another amazing performance.
61′ 3 – 0 Luis Suarez he scored his second goal in second half to pretty much seal the tie and ensure pichichi award.
74′ 4 – 0 Rafinha
83′ 5 – 0 Neymar
Enrique has a oppertunity to rest some of the key players which means chance for the likes of Bartra, Vermaelan, Alex Vidal, Mathieu, Arda Turan, Munir El Haddadi and Sergio Roberto to start the game and impress the manager. Messi might play some part in the game as well.
If this game goes like the first leg we are sure to have another feisty encounter in this Catalunya derby. I can see Espanyol exploiting Barcelona’s second string side but Barcelona should have enough quality to get through unscratched.