Barcelona FCB Depay (Pen 48')
1-0 FT
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Primera Division Gameweek 14
Nov 20, 2021 KO: 20:00

Barcelona - Espanyol

Camp Nou Barcelona
Referee: Carlos del Cerro
Depay (Pen) 48'  

Match preview

Xavi's first game in charge - How Barcelona could line up against Espanyol

Legendary former Barcelona midfielder Xavi will take charge of his first match as head coach against Espanyol

Xavi's first match as Barcelona head coach takes place on Saturday evening against city rivals Espanyol.

The World Cup-winning midfielder has to contend with a long list of injury problems which will impact the team selection for his first match in charge.

Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite, Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, and Pedri are all unavailable in attacking areas which will leave Xavi with his hands tied somewhat.

Dembele and Pedri are on the verge of a return and trained with their team-mates on Friday, but the match on Saturday will likely come to early for the pair to make the starting XI.

Barca, of course, have the Champions League to think about during the week as they face Benfica, who humbled them in Portugal last month.

There is some positive injury news as Gerard Pique is set to return.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal behind a likely back four of Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Pique and Jordi Alba.

With Pedri out, Gavi will slot into the midfield three alongside Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong.

Xavi has barely any options in attacking areas which means a probable trio of Philippe Coutinho, Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay.

Yusuf Demir will be pushing for a start too, however.

Barcelona potential XI versus Espanyol

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VS
  Average Match Rating  
5.6
  Home  
5.7
6.7
  Away  
6.4
6.2
  Total  
6.1

Match statistics

Barcelona
Statistics
Espanyol
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
7
7
Draws
7
7
Losses
6
6
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
26
26
Goals Per Game
1.30
1.30
More > 2.5 Goals
10
8
More > 3 Goals
4
4
Scored First in a Match
10
10
Scored Both Halves
4
6
Won More > 1 Goal
3
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
26
18
Did Not Score
6
7
Both Teams Scored
10
8
Kept Clean Sheet
6
8
Won Without Conceding
4
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
840
665
Possession
63
59
Passes
664
485
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
13
Shots on Target
4.32
4.00
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.10
Crosses
15
21
Offsides
2.00
2.25
Penalties
0.10
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
11
13
Interceptions
9.50
6.86
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
8.75
12
Total Shots Conceded
10
12
Shots on Target Conceded
3.95
3.70
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.15
0.10
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
12
Yellow Cards
2.25
2.00
Red Cards
0.05
0.15

Injuries

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  8. Groin/Pelvis Injury image description

In suspension danger

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