Cadiz vs Barcelona match preview and predictions for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Ronald Koeman’s side head to Andalusia.
- DATE: Saturday 5th December 2020
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Estadio Ramón de Carranza
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Cadiz vs Barcelona Preview
The late game on Saturday comes from the Estadio Ramon de Carranza with Barcelona making their first league visit to Cadiz since the mid 2000’s. It could become a much more regular trip for the Catalan giants if Cadiz’s start is anything to go by, although most of their early success on their return to LaLiga has come away.
All of their 4 victories have come on their travels and it’s just 2 points from 5 home games so far. No side in LaLiga has picked up fewer on their own ground but Cadiz have been dealt some difficult early home fixtures with Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Villarreal having already visited and it doesn’t get any easier here.
Alvaro Cervera will probably approach this game as he would an away fixture and they’ll certainly be content to let Barcelona have the ball and try to hit them on the break. While Cadiz’s style of play was not exactly a great secret, given they played low-possession, counter-attacking football in the Segunda last season too, top flight sides are now perhaps starting to wise up to their approach and it could yet be a long winter for the Andalusians who drew 1-1 at fellow new boys Elche last time out.
As for Barcelona, this period in the season is where they need to make serious headway in LaLiga to pull themselves up towards the top. With Champions League progress already sealed, they again rested players in the 3-0 win in Hungary in midweek and will be determined to focus on building a winning streak in LaLiga with all of their next three league fixtures at home after this.
Time will tell as to whether Barcelona have truly turned a corner but they do come into this game after 3 very strong displays. With 11 goals scored and none conceded in those games against Dynamo Kiev, Osasuna and Ferencvaros, they do now at least look to have some genuine strength in depth with fringe players such as Martin Braithwaite performing very well. That could be key as this busy season progresses.
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Head to Head
- The sides have only met twice this century.
- Those meetings came in the 2005/06 season with Barcelona winning 1-0 at Camp Nou and 3-1 in Cadiz.
Jose Mari is still out for Cadiz while Alvaro Negredo remains a doubt and may only be used off the bench.
Samuel Umtiti remains doubtful which should see Oscar Mingueza get another start for Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele and Pedri appear to be competing for one place on the right flank.
Predicted Cadiz Starting Lineup:
Ledesma – Alcala, Mauro, Fali – Espino, Jonsson, Fernandez, Iza – Izquierdo, Lozano, Sanchez (3-4-3)
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Mingueza, Dest – De Jong, Busquets – Coutinho, Messi, Dembele – Griezmann (4-2-3-1)
Cadiz vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Cadiz 1-3 Barcelona
It’s hard to look past Barcelona here. They have put in some strong displays in recent games and with Leo Messi getting another rest in midweek, they are well capable of coming here and having too much quality for a Cadiz side that hasn’t been quite as impressive in their last few matches.
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