Competition: La Liga 2019/20
Matchday: Matchday 29
Date and Time: Tuesday, Jun 16, 10 pm CET
Venue: Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Barcelona, currently at the top of La Liga, make a swift return to action, facing joint bottom team Leganes. The Catalan outfit will be looking to put one hand on the title, being only 2 points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid. The current title holders beat Mallorca 4-0 over the weekend, while Leganes lost 2-1 to Real Valladolid to remain in the relegation zone at the bottom.
Four goals from Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi allowed Barcelona to see off Mallorca and put Setien’s side on top of the table. The little magician recorded two assists and a goal, putting on a spectacular game. A debut goal for Braithwaite and an impressive team performance sees the Blaugranas in good shape for the next game.
The Catalan giants are expected to counter the threat of Leganes easily but face the difficult task of Sevilla away over the weekend, followed by a home clash against Atletico Bilbao. The road ahead seems difficult this season, but if the team’s playstyle against Mallorca and in general with Setien is anything to go by, they will overcome any difficulty with ease.
Leganes meanwhile comes off a loss to Valladolid and are level on points with bottom-placed side Espanyol. However, they are only 3 points off the drop zone and still have plenty of time to escape the relegation zone.
This should be an easy win for Barcelona and allow them to cement their status as La Liga leaders. Let’s do this.
Barcelona La Liga form: WWWLWW
Leganes La Liga form: LDLDWL
This is the team that is set to face Leganes, as chosen by the manager:
The youth players featuring are Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, Alex Collado, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo and Monchu.
Ousmane Dembele is out for the game with a long-term hamstring injury, while Jordi Alba is not included in the squad as he had been suspended after getting a yellow card against Mallorca. Clement Lenglet is back in the team after serving his suspension against Mallorca.
The expected lineup
Considering that there is an important game this weekend against Sevilla, Setien might opt for a more rotated squad against Leganes. Expect Ter Stegen to start in goal, with Junior Firpo at left-back while Semedo and Sergi Roberto have to battle it out for right-back. Considering Lenglet is back from suspension, expect him to start alongside Umtiti or Araujo, as Pique might be rested to be fresh against Sevilla.
Arthur and Rakitic will be hoping to get their starts as they did not start against Mallorca. Busquets seems to be a fixture in Setien’s side, so he should start against Leganes as well. The Barcelona medics will be keeping an eye on Frenkie De Jong, who asked to be subbed out against Mallorca but should be back to normal as he was training with the rest of the squad.
Luis Suarez will be looking forward to his first start since January after looking sharp when coming on as a substitute. If Suarez starts, either Braithwaite or Griezmann will be benched. Braithwaite was better over the weekend, scoring one goal and fitting in nicely by providing width. Ansu Fati might also start as a pure winger, thus allowing Griezmann and Braithwaite to be well-rested for Sevilla.
Barcelona 3 Leganes 0
All conditions are favourable to Barcelona. They are playing at home and have a stronger team. Everyone is well-rested and there is no Champions League to worry about.
Visca El Barca!