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Starting XI: Espanyol v Barca

Spanish LaLiga Starting XI: Espanyol v FC Barcelona 04 February 2018

By SL International - Feb 04, 2018 04:33 PM
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Teams: Espanyol v FC Barcelona
 
Date: 04 February 2018
 
Venue: RCDE Stadium
 
Espanyol will be looking to avenge their Copa del Rey defeat when they host local rivals and LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday.
 
The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h15.
 
Last time the Blaugrana visited Espanyol, they left with a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. However, Ernesto Valverde’s side reversed that deficit in their home leg, which they won 2-0.
 
Valverde previously played for and managed Espanyol, but there will be little room for sentiment once his charges step out onto the pitch. They have been ruthless all season and will want to extend their unbeaten run in the 2017/18 campaign to a club record 22 matches.
 
The five-time European champions had only once gone unbeaten in the first 21 games of a season prior to this one — under Pep Guardiola in 2009-10.
 
By contrast, Espanyol have lost three games in a row in all competitions since their Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg triumph. They will want to halt their slide, but stopping the well-oiled Barcelona machine will be no small task.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Espanyol: Diego López, David López, Aarón Martín, Marc Navarro, Naldo, Darder, Léo Baptistão, Granero, Víctor, Jurado, Gerard.
 
Barca: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Coutinho; Alcácer, Suárez.
 
Who do you think will come out on top? Have your say in the comment section below.


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Mr gee Feb 04, 2018 06:29 PM
Barca 2-1 espanyol
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Golden Boots Feb 04, 2018 05:21 PM
I don't like this Luca Digne!
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Where is King Phazamisa aka MMessiiiiiiiiii??????
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clemz7 Feb 04, 2018 05:08 PM
Where is the King today
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Golden Boots Feb 04, 2018 05:06 PM
Aaight, let's put them to the sword once and for all!
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Bragibbz Feb 04, 2018 04:47 PM
Messi less barca ok lets see the out come!
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Sir Lore. Feb 04, 2018 04:47 PM
Alba and Roberto too
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Sir Lore. Feb 04, 2018 04:42 PM
Messi on the bench, valverde what's up?
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Ohk
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Evergreenmessi Jan 19, 2018 07:42 PM
@Mo_TheDreamer YES MAN
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Evergreenmessi Jan 19, 2018 07:41 PM
@Mo_TheDreamer oh yeah my man he just needs to give coutinho poulinho rikitic
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Evergreenmessi Jan 19, 2018 07:40 PM
@Mo_TheDreamer oh yeah my man he just needs to give coutinho poulinho rikitic
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Schweinstriker_31 Jan 18, 2018 02:26 PM
hard luck narca, we all know espanyol will be crashed out at camp nou
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Faysal Jan 18, 2018 12:02 PM
Second leg messi wil score hatrick
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Mo_TheDreamer Jan 18, 2018 09:24 AM
Maybe the its about time the King retires from penalties or start practicing hard in that department
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nazzi the second Jan 18, 2018 09:02 AM
messi should start giving other players a chance to take penalties
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JOMMAK Jan 18, 2018 08:47 AM
It's not a 'loss' m0r0n, the game continues next week at Camp Nou...how much do you think Espanyol is gonna get?
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Lol
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lol I'm giggling loud dz is exactly what the yellow submarine did to Real sitting absovin hoping to catch therm on the counter scoring in the exact time i LOVE IT

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