Barcelona vs Leganes: hits the road to take on Leganes on Wednesday in midweek La Liga action as Lionel Messi and company look to rebound from a poor 2-2 draw at home against Girona at the weekend. Barca is still in first place in the league while Leganes is in last place:
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Barca was left frustrated over the weekend in the draw against Girona, and here the team rebounds at the back to earn three points on the road. Barcelona 3, Leganes 0.Barcelona are back in La Liga action at Leganes on Wednesday night after a frustrating home draw against Girona at the weekend.
Barca headed into Sunday’s Camp Nou clash with a 100 per cent Liga record this season, and duly went 1-0 up thanks to Lionel Messi – but a controversial red card for Clement Lenglet turned the game on its head.The defender was sent off for a wild elbow following a VAR review, and Barca went 2-1 down before Gerard Pique scored to rescue a draw.
Barca must now recover from that setback for a trip to face Leganes, and Ernesto Valverde will expect his champions to put that draw behind them and pick up another win.
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We will have expert analysis from our Spanish football correspondent Ben Hayward.Barcelona will be seeking to preserve their unbeaten record and cement their standing at the top of the Liga table when they travel to Leganes on Wednesday.
The Catalan giants dropped their first points of the season last time out, with local rivals Girona stunning the Camp Nou as they secured a 2-2 draw.This match is available in most nations through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.You can keep up to date with every kick of the ball from the Estadio Municipal Butarque with our very own inimitable live coverage, right here on AS English.Barcelona dropped their first points of the season last time out as they drew 2-2 at the Camp Nou to Girona on Sunday.
They are now tied on 13 points with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and will look to get back to winning ways when they visit Leganes on Wednesday.
Leganes are bottom of the league after a rotten start to the 2018-19 campaign in which they have taken just one point from five fixtures.
Leganes were promoted to La Liga for the first time in 2016 and have since hosted Barcelona twice at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. The aggregate score from those two fixtures is 8-1 in the visitors’ favour.
Despite the Blaugrana being being held by Girona at the weekend, they still look well-equipped to continue their dominance over Leganes.
Lionel Messi is in excellent form having netted a combined eight goals in six La Liga and UEFA Champions League games this season, and he will relish the prospect of taking on a defence that has already conceded 10 goals this term.
There seems little possibility of Wednesday’s fixture being anything other than a procession for Barca as they look to maintain their position at the top of the table.
However, if Leganes are to take anything from the clash they will need to soak up huge amounts of attacking pressure.
Their only real hope is to frustrate the visitors by getting men behind the ball and keeping their shape.
They were able to keep Villarreal out for 65 minutes in their last home fixture, but Carlos Bacca’s goal eventually proved the difference.
Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho will be an even tougher assignment for the beleaguered Leganes defence to deal with.
And summer signing Malcom also looks set to be back in action, per ESPN’s Samuel Marsden:Barcelona had cause to feel aggrieved in their 2-2 draw with Girona after Clement Lenglet was shown a red card after 35 minutes—the Catalans have appealed the dismissal, per Robin Bairner of Goal.
Ernesto Valverde will be looking for an emphatic and immediate response from his players, and they could not have asked for a more vulnerable opponent than Leganes. With Lionel Messi’s quality he is able to hit the back of the net against any side he is up against but it is true that there are some that he has been more prolific when facing and Leganes, Wednesday’s opponents, are one of those.The Argentine has hit seven goals in four matches against Leganes, the second highest ratio of goals to minutes that Messi has, behind Rayo Vallecano, with 1.75 goals per game compared to 1.77 goals against the team from Madrid.Now following the draw against Girona, Messi and his Barcelona teammates will be keen to get back on track.Luis Suarez also has done well against Leganes. The Uruguayan generally starts seasons slowly and picks up steam, and during the last campaign the clash against Leganes was the turning point. He had gone five games without a goal and hit a brace. For Ernesto Valverde it will be important for Barcelona to pick up three points in a busy fixture list so as not to give an incentive to Real Madrid and the main area where they need to improve is defensively.Leganes take on the champions in a bad run of form with just one point from a possible 15 and this appears a very tough clash.The coach and players though are aware of the importance of the game and after the poor result gainst Eibar, Pellegrino is set to field a team once again that will try and play possession football and unsettle Barcelona with their pressure and pace.There are set to be changes in the Leganes side with three games in a week with either Raul Garcia or Jonathan Silva at left back. El Zhar is likely to return to the team having been dropped for arguing with Carrillo over taking a penalty against Villarreal.Pellegrino is without the injured Arnaiz and Szymanowksi while Carrillo and Recio are fitness doubts.