Preview - Barcelona vs Deportivo 18 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 17, 2017, 08:58 PM

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Barcelona vs Deportivo

Deportivo are parked just outside the drop zone, three points clear of 18th placed Alaves. They have just four wins to show for and will have to pull out all the stops to claim victory at Nou Camp.

A vital 1-0 win at home to Leganes last weekend lifted the club clear of the bottom three, but results have been poor overall and Depor lost their last away game 2-0 at Sevilla.

Gerard Valentin and Fede Cartabia are out injured, while Raul Albentosa is doubtful for the game on Sunday.

Barcelona are treating this as the appetizer ahead of next week's El Clasico in Madrid. So any slip-up will sour preparations.
Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano are back, which is great news one week before El Clasico.

The two will probably not start in this one, but they might get a few good minutes in the second half to get ready for the game at the Bernabéu.

Midfield henchman Sergio Busquets is rated 50-50 though. He is one booking away from a suspension and could miss next week if he gets a yellow card.

At Camp Nou, Barcelona are unbeaten in 11 matches against Deportivo (with eight wins and three draws). Their last defeat at home to the Galicians came back in October 2003 in a 2-0 loss.

Prediction: Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo


Match Stats:

  • Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo
  • Shots: 20-6
  • Possession: 56%-44%
  • Corner kicks: 6-3

Luis Suarez and Paulinho both scored twice as Barcelona beat Deportivo to go six points clear at the top of La Liga.

Lionel Messi provided two assists but was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet himself as he hit the woodwork three times and missed a penalty.

First, Suarez tapped in Messi's pass before Paulinho struck after the Argentine's shot came back off the bar.

Suarez's close-range finish made it 3-0 and Paulinho was again on hand to stab in when Jordi Alba hit the post.

Messi's chance from the spot came just before Barcelona scored their fourth.

Suarez was fouled inside the box by Federico Valverde and, despite being on a hat-trick, he let Messi step up for the spot kick but the Argentina forward's effort was kept out by Ruben Martinez.

The two goals for Paulinho, meanwhile, means he is on six for the season following the former Tottenham midfielder's £36m arrival from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in August.

Real Madrid were not in La Liga action at the weekend due to their involvement in the Club World Cup, which they won for a third time, equalling Barcelona's record.

It means Barcelona are 11 points clear of Zinedine Zidane's side ahead of Saturday's fixture between the two sides at the Bernabeu

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