Match Preview: Cadiz vs Barcelona – Team News, Predicted Lineup, La Liga – Round 12

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Match Preview

Match Preview: Cadiz vs Barcelona

Teams: Cadiz, FC Barcelona

Tournament: La Liga, Round 12

Venue: Estadio Ramon de Carranza

Time and Date: 21:00 Hrs, Saturday, CET

Referee: Cesar Soto (Spanish)

Barcelona has had a miserable start to this season’s La Liga campaign as they are placed in the seventh position with only four wins out of their nine games. But gaining momentum over the past few weeks, the glimpses of free-flowing football accompanied with goals have been making the headlines for Ronald Koeman and co.

The Dutchman will want to give this exciting, young and reinforced Barcelona side which has been plagued with injuries to crucial players in the past weeks; the liberty to continue to impress and seek to climb the La Liga table to fight for the title.

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona Barca Pesta Gol Tanpa Messi @fcbarcelona

Barcelona travelled to Budapest for a midweek Champions League clash facing Ferencvarosi TC, in which they came out impressive winners securing a 3-0 win and are ended round 5 by topping Group G with consecutive 5 wins.  The only team in this year’s Champions League with a 100% record. Impressive, to say the least!

Key players of the Barca squad that were Ter Stegen, Coutinho and Lionel Messi did not travel to Hungary as Koeman decided to give them a rest and opted for the young and reinforced squad to come into the limelight to perform and they did not fail to impress.

On the other hand, Cadiz has been the most impressive of the three sides promoted to this season’s La Liga campaign as they have managed to collect 15 points and stand a point and a place ahead than Barcelona in the sixth position.

The major highlight for Cadiz this season, was their shocking 1-0 away win to Real Madrid which caused a stir in the Spanish capital for a while.

Elche vs Cadiz

Cadiz has been playing some eye-catching football and coach Alvaro Cervera will be hoping that his side can come up with a strong performance as they host the mighty Barcelona on Saturday.

FORM GUIDE: (Last 5 Matches)

FC Barcelona (La Liga): L D W L W (7 Points)

FC Barcelona (In all competitions): W L W W W

Cadiz: W D W L L D (8 Points)

HEAD TO HEAD in La Liga

Total Encounters: 2

Barcelona Wins: 2

Cadiz Wins: 0

Barcelona last faced Cadiz in the 2005-06 season in which Barca ended as winners in both, the home and away fixtures. Cadiz has never won against the Catalans and will want to make history in their newly promoted season this year.

TEAM NEWS

Martin Braithwaite

With the return of Ter Stegen, Coutinho and Lionel Messi in the squad, Koeman will go all out to get the job done as early as possible in the match.

Busquets who started ahead of De Jong in the midweek Champions League game looked to be linking up well with Pjanic. Braithwaite was on the score sheet again and he could be the missing number 9, Barcelona has been searching for a while.

The French duo of Griezmann and Dembele impressed again and it may just be that time of the year when Barcelona could be back to playing the free-flowing and attractive football we all love to watch.

Oscar Mingeuza who has impressed in his last three outings as CB replacing Pique will most likely be a starter along with Lenglet in defence and Dest and Alba could complete the back four.

Barcelona will be without the injured Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati.

Barcelona is hot favourites with their in-form squad as they head over to Cadiz for this clash. Whereas the home side is capable of pulling off an unlikely upset and can put up a fight against the Catalans before they decide to take all 3 points on Saturday night.

SQUAD LIST

The goal is clear for Koeman and he wants to end this year on a high on a winning note!

EXPECTED LINE-UP

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets; Messi, Coutinho, Griezmann, Braithwaite

Cadiz: Ledesma; Carcelen, Mauro, Fali, Espino; Jairo, Jonsson, Alex, Perea; Negredo, Gimenez

FINAL PREDICTIONS

Cadiz could welcome the experienced Alvaro Negredo in their starting XI and he is also their top scorer. With a 1-1 draw against Elche in their last fixture, they can be hopeful for a win when they host Barcelona on Saturday night.

Cadiz brings into this game their exceptional league performance and will look to grab another headline against the Catalan visitors which although looks highly unlikely.

Barcelona looks likely to go on and win this tie with Lionel Messi and Coutinho making it to the starting line up, adding to it, the inform Griezmann, Dembele and Braithwaite can complete the attack. Ter Stegen who is back between the posts will boost the defensive morale.

 

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