Opposed to Espanyol this Saturday evening (9:00 p.m.) at Camp Nou on behalf of the 14th day of La Liga, Barça will try to return to victory, after four unsuccessful matches (two draws, two defeats) in the league . For his very first match, Xavi, the Catalan club’s coach, will be without Sergiño Dest, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergio Agüero and Martin Braithwaite, all injured. As a reminder, Dani Alves will only be able to play from January.
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According to Mundo Deportivo, Barça will appear in 4-3-3 with Marc-André Ter Stegen in the cages, protected by a four-player defense made up of Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Eric Garcia and Jordi Alba, from right to left. In the midfield, Sergio Busquets is expected as sentry with Frenkie de Jong and Gavi by his side. Also according to the Catalan daily, Memphis Depay will be aligned at the forefront of the attack with the youngster Ilias Akhomach (17) on his right and Philippe Coutinho to his left.
The probable composition of Barça is Mundo Deportivo : Ter Stegen – Roberto, Piqué, Garcia, Alba – De Jong, Busquets, Gavi – Akhomach, Depay, Coutinho
Note that Sport is also betting on a 4-3-3 but with Oscar Mingueza as the right side, Nico Gonzalez in the midfield and the young Abde (19) on the left wing of the attack.
The probable composition of Barça according to Sport : Ter Stegen – Mingueza, Piqué, Garcia, Alba – Nico, Busquets, De Jong – Gavi, Depay, Abde
For their part, Espanyol has a balanced record at the start of the Liga season: four wins, five draws and four defeats. For this derby, Vicente Moreno, the coach of the Barcelona club, will be deprived of Oscar Gil, injured.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Espanyol will appear in 4-2-3-1 with Diego Lopez in the cages, protected by a four-player defense made up of Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera and Adria Pedrosa, from right to left. David Lopez and Yangel Herrera will form the double-pivot while Sergi Darder, the former OL player, will be positioned a notch higher, in a playmaker role. At his side, Adrian Embarba and Javi Puado will try to make Raul de Tomas shine, expected at the peak of the attack.
The probable compo of l’Espanyol is Mundo Deportivo : Diego Lopez – Vidal, Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa – David Lopez, Herrera – Embarba, Darder, Puado – De Tomas
Note that Sport rather sees Manu Morlanes holder instead of David Lopez in the midfield.
The probable compo of l’Espanyol is Mundo Deportivo : Diego Lopez – Vidal, Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa – Morlanes, Herrera – Embarba, Darder, Puado – De Tomas
The Barça-Espanyol match will be to follow at 9:00 p.m. on beIN Sports 1 but also live on DailyMercato by clicking here.