Barcelona will likely be aiming to make it 4 wins in 4 throughout all competitions once they face off in opposition to newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga this weekend.
Barcelona will likely be hoping to maneuver upwards within the La Liga desk once they journey to Estadio Ramon de Carranza to lock horns with newly-promoted Cadiz in matchweek 12 on Saturday evening.
Cadiz have made fairly a powerful begin to their La Liga marketing campaign and are above Barcelona within the desk, sitting sixth with 15 factors from 11 video games. Nonetheless, they’ve gone with out a win of their final three fixtures (D1 L2), though the 2 defeats got here in opposition to the highest two sides, Actual Sociedad and Atletico Madrid, earlier than they have been held to a 1-1 draw by Elche final outing.
Barcelona lastly appear to be getting issues proper underneath Ronald Koeman after having made their worst-ever begin to a league marketing campaign in shut to a few a long time. The Catalans are seventh within the desk with 14 factors on board, though they’ve performed simply 9 video games. Having made light work of Osasuna last weekend, Barcelona beat Ferencvaros 3-0 within the Champions League on Wednesday.
The final time these two sides clashed was method again in April 2006, in a La Liga conflict at Camp Nou, with Barcelona rising 1-0 victors. And forward of their newest assembly, The Onerous Sort out takes a better take a look at each the groups.
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Cadiz supervisor Alvaro Cervera should make do with out the providers of Luismi Quezada, Jose Mari and Juan Cala when Barcelona come visiting. Nonetheless, Alvaro Negredo is match and has been named within the 24-man squad ahead of the weekend’s clash. Choco Lozano misses out after his newest take a look at for coronavirus got here again optimistic.
The hosts are anticipated to line up in a 4-4-2 formation that they’ve repeatedly used within the season with Jeremias Ledesma slotting in between the posts. Iza Carcelen and Alfonso Espino ought to fit in as the 2 full-backs on the correct and left sides respectively with Fali and Marcos Mauro beginning because the centre-backs.
Jairo Izquierdo and Alberto Perea must be the 2 gamers within the midfield financial institution of 4. The duo will act as the availability line of possibilities for the strikers, whereas additionally needing to trace again and assist out the full-backs. The duo of Jens Jonsson and Jon Ander Garrido will likely be tasked with breaking apart play and disrupting Barcelona’s rhythm in the midst of the park.
With Lozano unavailable as soon as once more, Alvaro Gimenez and Filip Malbasic ought to start out as the 2 forwards, with the likes of Negredo and Bobby Adekanye offering attacking choices from the bench.
Possible Lineup (4-4-2): Ledesma; Carcelen, Fali, Mauro, Espino; Izquierdo, Jonsson, Garrido, Perea; Malbasic, Gimenez
Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique are long-term damage absentees for Barcelona whereas Sergi Roberto additionally stays unavailable. Jordi Alba is said to have missed team training on Friday however will make the journey to Andalusia whereas Koeman additionally has Ronald Araujo again at his disposal, with Samuel Umtiti closing in on a return as effectively.
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There will likely be fairly a couple of adjustments made to the facet that began in opposition to Ferencvaros in Europe. In aim, Marc-Andre ter Stegen must return after being rested for the midweek conflict. No alterations are probably within the backline although, with Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet and Alba all anticipated to characteristic from the get-go.
Frenkie de Jong featured off the bench within the midweek sport however is anticipated to start out on Saturday as a part of the midfield double pivot alongside Sergio Busquets, with Miralem Pjanic dropping to the bench. Carles Alena and Riqui Puig will likely be hoping to get minutes from the bench.
Philippe Coutinho needs to be again within the squad after being rested for the Champions League conflict however won’t begin right here with Pedri and Antoine Griezmann more likely to characteristic in opposition to Cadiz. That may additionally imply there’s no place within the beginning XI for Ousmane Dembele, who was quite impressive in midweek.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was afforded a relaxation in midweek however ought to return to the lineup right here, beginning out on the correct flank. Martin Braithwaite ought to begin because the centre-forward as soon as once more, having been in fairly a powerful run of type of late.
Possible Lineup (4-2-3-1): ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, de Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Pedri; Braithwaite
- Barcelona have solely misplaced one in all their final eight away La Liga video games in opposition to sides from Andalusia (W5 D2) – a 0-2 defeat to Granada in September final 12 months.
- Cadiz have misplaced their final six La Liga matches in opposition to Barcelona, since a 4-0 win method again in Might 1991, when Johan Cruyff was answerable for the Catalans.
- Barcelona have received seven of their final 9 away La Liga encounters in opposition to Cadiz (D1 L1), retaining a clear sheet in 5 of their final eight of those matches.
- Cadiz have collected 15 factors from their first 11 La Liga video games in 2020/21, which is their greatest haul at this stage of a season of their earlier seven top-flight campaigns.
- Barcelona have didn’t win of their final three away La Liga matches (D1 L2). The Blaugrana have been final winless in 4 or extra such matches was between March and Might 2008 underneath Frank Rijkaard (D2 L4).
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Martin Braithwaite in his final three video games for Barcelona throughout all competitions:
⚽️⚽️ vs. Dynamo Kyiv
⚽️ vs. Osasuna
⚽️ vs. Ferencvaros
Messi who? 😉 pic.twitter.com/ZWb8TMMycq
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The Dane arrived final January as an emergency signing owing to Ousmane Dembele’s damage and while not many expected him to remain at Camp Nou past the summer transfer window, Braithwaite has defied expectations to not solely keep on the membership however can be establishing himself as a key member of the group in current video games.
Certainly, the 29-year-old has began all of Barcelona’s final three video games in all competitions, contributing with four goals and two assists within the course of. His presence on the sector offers the Catalans with a focus in assault whereas permitting the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to do their factor of their most popular areas of the pitch.
Braithwaite is anticipated to characteristic from the get-go as soon as once more on Saturday evening and he will likely be aiming to increase his good run of type in opposition to the newly-promoted outfit.
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Cadiz made a strong begin to the season and even beat Barcelona’s arch-rivals Actual Madrid 1-0 final month. Nonetheless, their type has considerably waned in current weeks with the La Liga newbies failing to choose up a win of their final three fixtures. Moreover, they’re but to win a single sport on their dwelling turf this time period.
Then again, Barcelona are beginning to click on underneath Koeman, racking up three consecutive wins in all competitions, scoring eleven unanswered objectives within the course of. With the Catalans discovering their groove and Lionel Messi returning after a relaxation, they need to be capable to bag three factors at Estadio Ramon de Carranza on Saturday.