Preview - FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca 03 September 18

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Match Day 3
FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

FC Barcelona:   
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.61
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Lionel Messi (34)
SD Huesca:
Last five matches form: W L L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.45
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.95
Top Scorer 17/18: Juan Hernández & Gonzalo Melero(16)

La Liga new boys Huesca have made a most encouraging start to the season, winning away at Eibar before picking up a point at Bilbao. Leg three of their road triple header is by some way the toughest though as they head to Camp Nou to take on defending champions, Barcelona. If they can pick anything at all up here, they really will be doing well.

Huesca will certainly be hoping that this goes a little better than their most recent visit to Camp Nou in 2014. They were annihilated 8-1 that day as Barcelona ran riot.

Huesca do at least have a full squad from which to select, with no reported injury concerns. The same applies to Barcelona though who have no definite absentees.

The size of the task facing Huesca is amply illustrated by a quick look at Barcelona's recent record at Camp Nou in La Liga. Since the beginning of 2017 that record stands at played 31, won 28, drawn 3, lost 0. Formidable indeed.

Barcelona will surely win this one, and seem likely to do it pretty comfortably. In Hernandez and Melero, Huesca do have a legitimate goal threat. The trouble is they are unlikely to see enough of the ball to provide the service their frontmen require.

Prediction: FC Barcelona 3 - 0 SD Huesca


Half time: 3 - 2
Full time: 8 - 2
Shots:  24 - 6
Shots on target: 16 - 4
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 68% - 32%
Arturo Vidal was booked for the home side, with Luisinho and Alex Gallar of Huesca also making their way into referee Mario Melero Lopez's notebook…that's if he had any room left in there after writing down the names of all the goal scorers.

Having put eight past Huesca the last time the minnows showed up at Camp Nou, Barcelona couldn't do it again, could they…

We did have an early goal here and it was the visitors who grabbed it. A cross from the right-hand side being headed down by Samuele Longo at the far post and into the path of Juan Camilo Hernandez to bundle home from point blank range.

The equaliser came in the 16th minute, via the magical boots of Lionel Messi. Dancing his way into the box and towards the right corner of the six-yard box he fired hard and low into the bottom left corner.

Eight minutes later Barca were in front. Jordi Alba making a trademark run into the left side of the box before crossing low into the six-yard box. Jorge Pulido the man to unfortunately turn the ball past his own keeper.

The third also came via Jordi Alba being found in space down the left. His low cross this time finding Luis Suarez to turn in at the near post from around seven yards.

Another goal came before the break…for Huesca. A deflected cross from the right being turned across goal by Moi Gomez, allowing Alex Gallar to finish on the stretch. 3-2 at the break. Huesca still in this?

Barca ran riot in the second half.

48 minutes. Suarez plays in Ousmane Dembele in the left-hand side of the box. Dembele left foot finish to the bottom right. 4-2.

52 minutes. Messi chips to Ivan Rakitic in the right corner of the box. Excellent volley from Rakitic into the bottom left corner. 5-2.

61 minutes. Messi played clean through up the middle by Philippe Coutinho. Messi finishes into the bottom right from the edge of the box as the keeper races out to meet him. 6-2.

81 minutes. Messi plays in Jordi Alba in the left of the area. The full back finishing through the legs of the keeper. 7-2.

90 minutes. Suarez brought down by the keeper in the area. Penalty kick. Suarez to the bottom right hand corner. 8-2. Rout complete.

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