Barcelona vs Leganes predictions, H2H and match preview for this Tuesday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as struggling Lega head to Camp Nou.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Barcelona vs Leganes Preview
Football returns to Camp Nou for the first time in over three months this Tuesday. In theory this should be a relatively routine evening for Barcelona who entertain struggling Leganes, the side that looks most likely to be heading down to the Segunda Division. Their plight was made worse by events in February when Barça were given special permission to sign forward Martin Braithwaite outside of the transfer window.
Leganes were not then allowed to sign a replacement which has left them very much short on attacking options. Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez has really stepped up and has at times played up top but Braithwaite still accounts for over a quarter of Leganes’ goals in LaLiga this season. With Oscar suspended for this game, it’s hard to see where their goals will come from.
Braithwaite scored his first goal for Barcelona at the weekend as the Catalans cruised to a 4-0 win at Mallorca. Quique Setien must decide whether to stick with Braithwaite or bring Luis Suarez in from the off here. The Uruguayan looked relatively sharp when he came on at Son Moix having not played for almost six months due to injury.
Leganes meanwhile got their season back underway in bitterly disappointing fashion as they lost 2-1 at home to relegation rivals Real Valladolid. It’s looking quite bleak now for Javier Aguirre’s side and clearly any kind of result here would be a massive surprise.
With games against Mallorca, Granada and Osasuna (the three teams that were promoted last year) immediately following this in a short period of time, the Mexican may opt to rest several key men here and conserve energy levels for those considerably more winnable games that are coming up and he will forced into changes regardless with Oscar and Dimitris Siovas, two of his most important players, suspended.
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Barcelona vs Leganes Predictions
Score Prediction: 5-0 Barcelona
This game won’t decide whether Leganes do or don’t stay up and to some extent you couldn’t really blame Aguirre if he does opt to use this game as a chance to give some of his fringe players some much needed game-time whilst resting many who played at the weekend. There were encouraging signs from Barcelona in terms of their overall fluidity against Mallorca and they should run out very comfortable winners here.
The team selections will be key though and it’s possible that Setien may opt to rest Messi to keep him fresh for the tough trip to Sevilla on Friday. If that happens, the scoreline should be closer but Barca still ought to seal maximum points with a bit of breathing space.
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Barcelona vs Leganes H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Barcelona Wins, 1 Leganes Win.
- Leganes visited Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey in January and lost 5-0.
- They’ve lost on all of their four previous visits.
- Leganes’ solitary previous victory over Barcelona came at Butarque in September 2018.
Predicted Line Ups
Ter Stegen – Firpo, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo – Arthur, Busquets, Vidal – Griezmann, Suarez, Messi (4-3-3)
Cuellar – Silva, Awaziem, Omeruo, Rosales – Assale, Recio, Eraso, Perez, Ruibal – Guerrero (4-5-1)