Premier League 2022 : Barcelona vs Espanyol Match Preview and Lineups

Barcelona vs Espanyol
SCHEDULE TIME
GAME Barcelona vs Espanyol
DATE 31/12/2022
TIME 06:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Camp Nou
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
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Match Preview of Barcelona vs Espanyol

Barcelona will be looking to make it six victories in a row in Spain's top flight when they welcome Espanyol to Camp Nou for the Barcelona derby on Saturday afternoon.

Xavi's side are currently top of the La Liga table, two points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, while Espanyol occupy 16th position, just one point above the relegation zone.

Barcelona have won 12, drawn one and lost one of their 14 La Liga matches this season to collect 37 points, which has left them top of the table, two points clear of second-placed Real Madrid.

The Catalan outfit have scored 33 goals in La Liga this season, which is the joint-most alongside Real Madrid, while they have comfortably the best defensive record with just five conceded.

Xavi's team were last in action on November 8, recording a 2-1 victory over Osasuna, with Pedri and Raphinha scoring in the second half after David Garcia had made the breakthrough in the sixth minute of the clash.

Barcelona could be second by the time that this match kicks off, with Real Madrid facing Real Valladolid on Friday night, but they will fancy their chances of ending the year top of the table.

Our Predicted Lineups

Barcelona possible starting lineup:Ter Stegen; Balde, Kounde, E Garcia, Alonso; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele

Espanyol possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Lecomte; Gil, Cabrera, Calero, Olivan; Melamed, Souza; Braithwaite, Darder, Puado; Joselu

Who will win the match?

We say: Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol. Barcelona have been excellent defensively this season, only conceding five times in 14 matches, while Espanyol have scored just 16 La Liga goals during the 2022-23 campaign. A home victory to nil seems the most likely outcome on Saturday, as Barcelona should have too much for their rivals in this contest.

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