Cadiz vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Thursday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as Ronald Koeman’s side aim to bounce back with victory on the south coast.
|Thursday 23rd September 2021
|22:00 (local time)
Cadiz vs Barcelona Preview
Barcelona make the long trip south to a ground that will bring back bad memories from last season. They face a Cadiz side that continues to get results despite increasingly low possession figures. They will be in good spirits going into this following their first win of the season last time out and will fancy they can cause real problems for an unconvincing Barcelona side.
The secret is long since out when it comes to Cadiz’s style of play yet teams continue to come unstuck against them. They completed just 45% of their passes against Celta Vigo on Friday night, by far the lowest figure any team has posted in a LaLiga game so far this season. Yet somehow they won at Balaidos thanks to 1st Half goals from Alfonso Espino and Anthony Lozano.
Their counter-attacking approach delivered shock victories over both Real Madrid and Barcelona last season and there is absolutely no danger of them veering from that strategy here. They have only collected 5 points from 5 games so far but that win over Celta really does ease some of the pressure that was just starting to build on the team as they look to replicate the high standards they set last term.
Barcelona will know this could be tougher with Cadiz finally able to play a home game in the Primera with a greater than 50% capacity. There will be a celebratory kind of mood you’d imagine and Barcelona really need to start better than they did on Monday night, in order to quieten the home fans. The Catalans spent the entire game against Granada trying to recover having fallen behind in just the 2nd minute and while Ronald Araujo did finally find a last minute equaliser, it didn’t stop the barrage of criticism that has been directed at Ronald Koeman and his team since.
This is a really difficult situation now for the Dutchman. He knows full well that he doesn’t really have the support of this board and he can rightly point to injuries and in truth just a lack of quality in the squad as reasons for their current struggles. However doubts about his tactical prowess and in-game management are tougher to brush away and he’s certainly a man in need of a victory here.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Barcelona Wins, 1 Cadiz Win, 1 Draw.
- Cadiz took 4 points off Barcelona last season.
- That included a famous 2-1 home win in December.
- Barcelona’s last win in Cadiz came via a 3-1 margin in December 2005.
Jose Mari and Jon Ander Garrido are both out injured for the hosts.
Pedri, Jordi Alba and Martin Braithwaite are out for the visitors while there is still no sign of Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero or Ousmane Dembele.
Predicted Cadiz Starting Lineup:
Ledesma – Espino, Haroyan, Chust, Iza – Fali, Jonsson, Fernandez – Lozano, Sobrino, Salvi (4-3-3)
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Dest, Pique, Araujo, Roberto – Busquets, De Jong, Gavi – Depay, De Jong, Coutinho (4-3-3)
Cadiz vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Cadiz 1-1 Barcelona
With some important players out, this is not a Barcelona side that is really going to spread fear into even domestic opponents right now and Cadiz will go into this game firmly believing they can get a result. We all know that Barcelona are going to have almost all of the ball in this game but Cadiz are capable of asking questions of them on the break and it may well be more points dropped for Koeman and his team.