The defense of a long undefeated series seems to be the only motivating factor for Barcelona. The team of Catalonia receives this Wednesday, November 29, Murcia. This is the game back of the fourth round of the King’s Cup of Spain version 2017/2018.
In the first game, as a visitor, Barça made it 3-0 with no major difficulties. Thus, he will be able to preserve himself in the fight to preserve the title of the tournament if he wins, draws or even loses by two goals of difference.
Barcelona’s recent performance
The club’s much more difficult mission took place on Sunday, November 26. He faced Valencia, runner-up of the 2017/2018 season, and managed to equalize, 1 to 1, after leaving at a disadvantage on the scoreboard. Although he disputed the refereeing and could have arrived at the victory, Barcelona managed to remain like leader and unbeaten of LaLiga. He reached 35 points (11 wins and two draws) from 39 played.
He is four points clear in comparison with the vice-leader and still has the best attack (34 games) and the lowest-voided defense (five goals) of the tournament. Ranked to the last 16 of the European Champions League, Barca have not suffered a defeat since August 16, when they took 2-0 of Real in Madrid, and lost the Supercopa of Spain. He has since drawn 14 wins and four draws.
The big advantage open in the first leg should cause coach Ernesto Valverde to put a reserve team and even to resort to the athletes of team B to compose the bank in the duel of this Wednesday.
Out of action, due to injury, follow defender Javier Mascherano (six matches in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal); Andre Gomes (five games, no goal), Sergi Roberto (nine games, one goal) and Arda Turam (no matches); and striker Ousmane Dembele (two games, no goal).
The current form of Murcia
The home defeat for Barcelona was the end of a negative sequence of the Murcia, who dispute the group 4 of the Second Division B. In practice, it is the Third Division of the Spanish Championship. Since then, the club have won five out of six games.
On Saturday, November 25, at home, he made 1-0 at Badajoz with 25 points (seven wins, four draws and five losses). Still it goes outside the zone of classification for the next phase. This block of clubs that continue in the dispute for the access to LaLiga 2 is formed by the first four places. However, managed to paste in Granada B, which closes the block with 26 points. The distance to Cartagena, leader, is also small, only two points.
Thus, even for coach Jose Maria Salmeron the departure of this Wednesday is not of great importance. Although he can count on practically all the cast, he may choose to preserve some athletes once he has started against Betis B outside the home scheduled for Sunday, December 3. A win may place him in the qualifying zone for the second round of the Third Division.
History of the matches between Barcelona and Murcia
Barcelona have won all five matches against Murcia.
Even with reserve team Barcelona should be considered the great favorite for the showdown. It has a prize of 1,071 in Bet365. The return to tie is 12.00 and Murcia’s success multiplies the investment by 23.00.