Preview - Barcelona vs Leganés 21 January 19

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Match Day 18
Barcelona vs. Leganés
Monday, January 21st 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.79
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (17)

Last five matches form: D D D L W
Average goals per match: 0.89
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Guido Carrillo (5)

Barcelona haven't quite seen off all of their pursuers in the race for the La Liga title, with Athletico Madrid in particular looking set to put in a tenacious challenge. The defending champions do remain in the box seat though and will be expecting to keep the momentum going with this home clash against 13th placed Leganés.

Barca may well have revenge on their minds here having lost 2-1 in Leganés in the first game between the sides this season. The home side won this game 3-1 last season.

Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti are out for Barcelona through injury. Leganés must do without the injured Guido Carrillo, Michael Santos and Alexander Szymanowski, in addition to the suspended Unai Bustinza.

Barcelona are absolutely cruising in La Liga at present and will be looking to re-establish a five-point lead at the top with what would be a seventh win on the spin here. They have scored 18 and conceded just one in that six-game winning streak.

Leganés are going pretty well at present, with just the one defeat in their past nine in La Liga. Their overall away from does however leave a lot to be desired, with 18 defeats and just the one win in their past 25 games.

Leganés were clearly up against it anyway here, but the absence of their top scorer, Carrillo, certainly doesn't help. Without him they have very little chance of keeping pace on the scoresheet and this looks all set up for another comfortable Barcelona victory.

Prediction: Barcelona 4 - 1 Leganés


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  14 - 3
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 67% - 33%

Three bookings for each side at Camp Nou. Referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea taking the names of Sergio Busquets, Carles Alena and Sergi Roberto of Barcelona and Martin Braithwaite, Rodrigo Tarin and Kenneth Omeruo of Leganés.

A pretty standard Barcelona home game against lesser opposition this one, with the defending Champions bossing the possession and shot count. Leganés did give Barca a minor scare when equalising in the second half but in the end were not able to withstand the attacking prowess of their hosts.

Barcelona were on top from the off here, but it did take until the 32nd minute before they made the breakthrough. Good burst down the right from Gerard Pique, with the ball making its way to Ousmane Dembelé, Dembelé moving from right to left to find Jordi Alba on the left flank. Alba straight back in to Dembelé to finish low first time in off the right-hand post from twelve yards. 1-0 at the break.

12 minutes into the second half, Leganés were back on level terms. Youssef En-Nesyri played in over the top down the right and firing in a low cross. Martin Braithwaite getting on the end of it to stab home from around six yards.

Barca regained the lead in the 71st minute. Lionel Messi working his magic around 25 yards from goal and sending an effort towards the top left-hand corner. Good one handed save from Ivan Cuellar but the ball went straight up in the air and there was Luis Suarez racing in to prod home the rebound.

The points were then secured in the second minute of stoppage time. Messi and Jordi LAba carving the defence open between them with a string of passes. Alba finally finding Messi inside the area towards the left for the Argentine to blast home high to the right-hand side. 3-1 final score.

Barcelona continue to tick along nicely at the La Liga summit and remain five points clear of nearest pursuers Atlético Madrid. Leganés are down in fifteenth and only two points clear of the relegation zone.

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