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Barca need to be particularly wary of his late runs into the box behind Felipe Caicedo, and the visiting defence need to decide early who is going to track the same. He has to be closed down quickly too. Only a small handful of players in the entire Espanyol squad have a better passing accuracy, meaning that Asensio will prove decisive if given the time to go about his work. Key BattleFelipe Caicedo will enjoy another battle with Gerard PIque. Manu Fernandez/Associated PressEx-Manchester City man Felipe Caicedo has enjoyed his most prolific goalscoring spell whilst at Espanyol. The powerfully built front man is a real handful, and what he lacks in technical ability, he more than makes up for with endeavour and purpose. We can be fairly certain that the striker will make a nuisance of himself for the entire duration that he's on the pitch, and Pique in particular would be well advised not to dilly-dally with the ball inside or anywhere close to his own box.
Young Pau in goal is tasked with keeping a clean sheet against the most devastating front three in the league, and it's a brave call to continue giving the 21-year-old his wings. It's also the type of move from the manager that should be applauded. You get nothing in these games from being a shrinking violet, and although on the face of it, it's a bold and brave selection from Calca, often risk can bring reward. Marco Asensio has a roaming central attacking role and will try and play Felipe Caicedo in at every opportunity. If that particular passing lane isn't available to him, he has more than enough skill to be able to play in either wide man, Gerard Moreno or Hernan Perez. This might be the only game for a while where Alves and Rakitic get to play the entire 90 minutes as it would be unreasonable to expect that Vidal and Turan won't play some part in most of the matches in January.
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SevillaW 4-0 vs. Real BetisW 1-0 vs. Las PalmasW 3-0 vs. River PlateW 2-1 vs. LevanteW 3-0 vs. Guangzhou EvergrandeL 0-1 vs. Celta VigoD 2-2 vs. Deportivo La CorunaD 1-1 vs. LevanteD 1-1 vs. Bayer LeverkusenD 1-1 vs. LevanteD 1-1 vs. ValenciaWhoScored. comPredicted Formations Predicted Espanyol and Barcelona formations. this11. comGalca will stick to an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation, which could play right into Barca's hands. The home support will demand nothing less than a cavalier approach to a game that will give them local bragging rights for a few days at least. Far too many times in the past, they've seen a clearly inferior Espanyol taken apart by Barcelona.
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After a five-month wait, Lucho will at least have options in a number of key areas. It was almost a year to the day that a defeat away to Real Sociedad kickstarted Barca's 2015, and they begin this year in a healthier and happier vein. Almost a year to the day, Luis Enrique's rotations cost his Barca side a win at Real Sociedad. It was a pivotal moment in Barca's treble-winning season. Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press/Associated PressEspanyol's results to this point have been patchy at best, and with a ratio of just one goal a game since the beginning of the season, it's obvious where the problems lie for Constantin Galca's side. Both sides have the luxury of being at almost full strength, but Espanyol do have the weight of history falling heavily upon their shoulders.
The rest of Barca's back line picks itself at this point: Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Alba and Claudio Bravo. Sergio Busquets is the final piece in this particular Blaugrana jigsaw. Player to Watch On loan from Real Madrid, 19-year-old Marco Asensio has rapidly made a name for himself at Espanyol. Signed predominantly to get some regular game time with no real prospect of the same at the Santiago Bernabeu in the near future, Asensio has been one of the standout players for the Periquitos. Although he hasn't yet hit the goal trail himself, the central attacking midfielder has set up five of Espanyol's 16 league goals during 2015/16, per WhoScored. He is a livewire youngster who is always available to receive a pass and has the knack of finding space in the most congested areas of the pitch.
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He is also the one to break out from a more defensive role and support the front four, something he tends to do consistently and effectively. If either player can impose his game on the visitors and disrupt the efforts of Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in the process, it leaves Jordi Alba and Dani Alves as the main providers of balls into the box or direct to feet. Spreading the play wide will suit the hosts as they pack the central areas to make life a lot more difficult for the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Javi Lopez, Enzo Roco and Alvaro Gonzalez have all performed admirably for the most part this season, but if there is a weak link at the back, it's down Espanyol's left side. Ruben Duarte struggled against Lionel Messi for long periods in the same fixture last season. Manu Fernandez/Associated PressRuben Duarte struggled against Messi last year, and although the Argentinian is still finding his way back to full fitness, he'll give the defender the runaround again if Duarte isn't at the races here.
If they are going to lose the game, at least the hosts can go down fighting. Not that there will be any thoughts of simply handing three points on a plate to their nearest rivals. The double pivot of Pape Diop and ex-Barca man Victor Sanchez is crucial to what happens at both ends of the pitch. Sanchez in particular likes to put himself about, but an early transgression will stifle his ability to break up play.
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Per Fussball Wettpoint, in 25 matches over the last 10 years, Barca have lost only twice: once at Camp Nou in 2009 and once at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Espanyol's old ground, in 2007. Another win here would put Barca at La Liga summit with a game still in hand over all of the chasing pack. Date: Saturday, January 2Time: 3 p. m. GMT/10 a. ETVenue: Power8 Stadium, Barcelona, SpainTV Info: Sky Sports red button (Highlights only from 5:15 p. m., UK only)/beIN Sports 1 (U. S. only)Live Stream: Sky Go (UK only)/beIN Sports Connect (U. only)Form LinesLast 6 ResultsEspanyolBarcelonaL 0-2 vs.
Espanyol vs. Barcelona: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV InfoBarcelona have lost just twice to Espanyol in 10 years. Manu Fernandez/Associated PressBarcelona make the short trip to the Power8 Stadium to take on local rivals Espanyol in the first game of the new year. It's also the first of three meetings between the sides over the next 11 days as they also clash in the Copa del Rey twice before the first two weeks of January are up. Luis Enrique could well think about rotations with such a run of games over the next few weeks, but Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan are not available until the next game.
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