Huesca vs Barcelona match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Ronald Koeman’s side travel to the division’s bottom club.
- DATE: Sunday 3rd January 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- STADIUM: El Alcoraz
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Huesca vs Barcelona Preview
Barcelona travel to El Alcoraz on Sunday as they look to make a winning start to 2021. The Catalan giants more than most will be glad to see the back of 2020 but there is precious little reason to be positive about the remainder of this season after another poor result last time out.
Huesca are the side that went into 2021 bottom of LaLiga. They will feel as though some of their performances have warranted more than the 12 points they’ve accumulated so far from their 16 matches but that won’t be much consolation to Michel who needs to find a way to get this side winning football matches.
A home game against Barcelona isn’t the write-off it might have been in recent years but it’s still going to be a tough ask for Huesca to get a positive result. They aren’t entirely convincing at either end of the pitch and while Javier Ontiveros has added a bit of attacking spark in recent weeks, they still head into this game averaging less than a goal per game and with the second worst defensive record in the division.
Barcelona meanwhile, for all their flaws, are still the top scorers in LaLiga heading into this matchday. They put in one of their best displays of the season to win 3-0 at Real Valladolid in their most recent away game. However again they failed to back that up last time out as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Eibar.
Leo Messi was rested for that one and watched on as a frustrated spectator. He will know full well that Barcelona simply can’t afford many more slip-ups such as that if they are going to remain in this year’s title race but with an average of just 1.17 points per away game so far, even a trip to the league’s bottom club won’t be a walk in the park.
Head to Head
- Last 4 Competitive Meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 1 Draw.
- The most recent meeting was a 0-0 draw at El Alcoraz in April 2019.
- Barcelona had scored 8 in each of their previous 2 matches against Huesca.
- This will be only the 3rd ever league meeting.
Pablo Maffeo is the only definite absentee for the hosts while Sandro Ramirez is a doubt against his former club.
Philippe Coutinho has picked up an injury and won’t feature. Leo Messi should return to the XI having been rested against Eibar.
Predicted Huesca Starting Lineup:
Fernandez – Galan, Siovas, Pulido, Lopez – Mosquera, Rico – Ontiveros, Garcia, Ferreiro – Okazaki (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Araujo, Dest – De Jong, Busquets – Pedri, Messi, Dembele – Braithwaite (4-2-3-1)
Huesca vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Huesca 1-2 Barcelona
Huesca are likely to be a bit more positive than some of the teams that Barcelona have faced this season and that might just help the visitors who have been frustrated by teams that have defended deep and force them to move the ball wide. With Leo Messi having benefited from a fortnight’s rest, he should be fresh and raring to go here and that should help the visitors pick up the three points.
Huesca vs Barcelona Betting Tips (18+)
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