Barcelona 22-7-5, Espanyol 5-9-20
7/8/20 4 pm
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Barcelona is welcoming the weakest team in the league, Espanyol, to Camp Nou in round 35 in Spanish LaLiga.
Barcelona hasn’t lost any games since the restart, but they dropped some crucial points along the way. Barcelona is in second place in the standings with 73 points, 4 points behind Real Madrid, and with only 4 games left in the season, Barcelona must win all of their games, while Real Madrid has to drop some points for Barcelona to catch up. With 78 scored goals this season, Barcelona is the best offensive team in LaLiga, while their defense has been shaky as of late and Barcelona conceded 36 goals this season, huge 15 goals more than Real Madrid. In their latest LaLiga game against Villarreal on the road, Barcelona was fantastic with huge 12 shots on goal, 68% of the correct passes, 6 corner kicks, and massive 93% of the correct passes. This was Barcelona’s best game since the restart, and they have deservedly won this match 1-4. Messi has 22 goals and 19 assists, Suarez has 14 goals and 8 assists, while Griezmann added 9 goals and 4 assists. Dembele and Umtiti are both injured and will not play again this season, while De Jong should be back in a week or so. Barcelona has no one to blame but themselves for the situation they are in, but with their latest game, Barcelona has shown us that there is still life left in them and that they will not give up until the end.
Espanyol is in the last place in LaLiga standings with only 24 points, and even though they still can mathematically get out of the relegation zone, that is not happening. I’m sorry Espanyol, but the season is over for you. Espanyol has scored only 27 goals so far this season, while their defense has been even worse with 54 conceded goals. De Tomas, Lopez, and Lei are Espanyol’s top goal scorers with only 4 goals each, while Embarda added 4 assists. There are no injuries in Espanyol, but Pipa is still questionable for this game. Espanyol started well after the restart and they have won their first game, but since then, Espanyol has 1 draw and 5 straight losses with only 2 scored goals and 8 conceded goals. In their latest LaLiga game against Leganes at home, Espanyol was solid with 63% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, and 81% of the correct passes. Despite being a slightly better team in this match, Espanyol has lost this game 0-1. Espanyol had so many chances to get out of the relegation zone this season, but they are just a weak team that doesn’t have enough quality in their roster to stay in LaLiga. It’s better for Espanyol to get relegated and to regroup, and I’m sure they don’t agree with that, but it’s the truth.
When playing at home, Barcelona has not lost to Espanyol in their last 13 games, while Barcelona hasn’t lost any of their last 42 home games, which is absolutely staggering. If they even want to have a chance at defending the title, Barcelona must win all of their games until the end of the season, and I think they will start here.