23 November 2019 14:38
FC Barcelona will be out to claim another big win in LaLiga when they visit struggling Leganes this afternoon - Here's how the champions will line-up. LaLiga Teams: Leganes v FC Barcelona Date: 23 November 2019 Venue: Estadio Municipal de Butarque The Catalan giants entered the international break top of the pile following a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou. However, Barca's last league encounter on the road ended in a disappointment after losing 3-1 to Levante at the start of November. Ernesto Valverde's men will, however, come up against Leganes, who have only won one of their 13 league encounters this season. As a result, Levante find themselves rooted to the foot of the standings but could jump up to 18th spot with three points this afternoon. Both sides have suspensions to deal with as Sergi Roberto misses out for Barca, while Kevin Rodrigues and Marc Navarro are unavailable for the home side.
Despite Leganes' struggles this season, they can take confidence from the fact that they defeated Barcelona in this fixture last season. Here's how they line up: Leganes: Cuellar; Rosales, Bustinza, Siovas, Omeruo, Silva; Oscar, Ruben Perez, Roque Mesa; En Nesyri, Braithwaite. FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Wagué, Piqué, Umtiti, Junior, Busquets, De Jong, Dembélé, Griezmann, Messi, Suárez. Who do you think will come out on top this evening? Have your say in the comment section below.
But we know you're here because you have a thirst for knowledge and want to know more about this clash. We've got you, no need to worry. Here are eight stats, courtesy of Opta, to impress your pals with ahead of this La Liga fixture... Familiar Foes From their last 19 away games against teams from Madrid, Barcelona have lost only once. Real? Atletico? Nope, in fact it was Leganes in September 2018 when they lost 2-1 at Butarque. The real El Clasico... Lowly Leganes However, Leganes are pretty rubbish at the moment. They've won just six (yes, SIX) points from their opening 13 games, having won once and drawn another three. It spells danger for Leganes as only one of the last eight teams to start this badly have survived relegation: Alaves in 2017/18, who also had six points at this stage of the season. Super Subs Interestingly, Barcelona have scored the most goals from substitutes in La Liga (six), while Leganes have conceded the most goals from subs (four). Given that Barcelona brought on Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as subs earlier on this season, it's not that surprising. Watch out Leganes. Away Day Woes Barça haven't been great away from home as they've won just three of their last 11 away games in all competitions - losing five in the process. However, those three wins have all come this season so it's not all bad news... The Gaffers Leganes boss Javier Aguirre must hate the sight of the Catalan side as he has lost his last seven managerial games against them, and failed to score in six of them. The Mexican has lost more games against Ernesto Valverde's side than any other in La Liga, with 13 losses in total. However, Aguirre does have something to hang on to as Valverde has won just five of his 11 managerial games against Aguirre and hasn't won in his last four against the Leganes boss (drawing one, losing three). Key Players Leganes drew 1-1 with Real Sociedad last match day, and during that draw Youssef En-Nesyri became their top La Liga scorer of all time as he took his total to 11. It would be harsh to juxtapose En-Nesyri with Lionel Messi - but we're going to do it anyway. The Argentine has scored the most goals against Leganes in La Liga with eight strike in just six games. Not to make this any worse for Leganes' fans but since their debut in La Liga in 2016, Messi has scored more goals (105) than they have as a whole team (104). G.O.A.T. La Liga Line Ups: Leganes v FC Barcelona By Feargal Brennan Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde makes four changes to his starting line up for their La Liga trip to Leganes today. Valverde is battling with defensive issues at the moment, and hands Moussa Wague a first start of the season at right back, in place of the injured Nelson Semedo. Sergio Busquets comes in to midfield for the suspended Sergi Roberto, with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele in attack, in place of Arthur Melo and Ansu Fati, in a reshuffled Barcelona side from the one that beat Celta Vigo 4-1 before the international break. Rock bottom Leganes also make three changes from the 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, as new manager Javier Aguirre looks to changes things around at the club. Jonathan Silva replaces the suspended Kevin Rodrgues in defence, with Ruben Perez and Youssef En-Nesyri in for Recio, also suspended, and Jose Arnaiz. LEGANES: Cuellar, Rosales, Bustinza, Omeruo, Silva, Mesa, Braithwaite, Perez, Siovas, En-Nesyri, Oscar SUBS: Soriano, Arnaiz, Awaziem, Tarin, Eraso, Guido, Ruibal BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Wague, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo, De Jong, Busquets, Messi, Griezmann, Dembele, Suarez SUBS: Neto, Araujo, Rakitic, Alena, Fati, Morer, Vidal