Leganés is the stone on the way to Barcelona this Saturday, November 18, in their defense of the unbeaten leadership of the Spanish 2017/2018 season. The clash is part of the schedule of the twelfth round and will be held from 1:15 pm (Brasília time) at the Municipal Stadium of Butarque in Leganes. The game will have free live streaming through the Bet365 streaming system. To access the images you must have an account with the bookmaker
The recent performance of Leganes
After winning an unbeaten run of seven matches (five wins and two draws) involving Spanish League games, a friendly and a King’s Cup match, Leganes ended up being defeated in the last two days of La Liga. It took 2 to 1 of Seville and 3 to 0 of Valencia, both in the opponents’ house.
Parked in the 17 points (five wins, two draws and four losses) dropped to ninth place. They are two points less than Sevilla, sixth place, which closes the zone of classification for European tournaments.
Even the home performance was affected in the later rounds. In the three most recent matches in their stadium, the Leganes added a point of the possible nine. With nine points (two wins, three draws and two losses) is the eighth best in this area.
The good news for fans of the club and also for those who expect a stumble of Barca is that coach Asier Garitano has no problems with suspension or embezzlement caused by injury. You can then put on the field the team you consider the best.
The current form of Barcelona
With a string of players loaned to their national team matches in friendly games and qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Barcelona did not make the most appropriate preparation for Saturday’s duel.
The coach Ernesto Valverde, however, had the collaboration with two colleagues of profession. Omar Tabarez, the Uruguayan national team captain, dismissed Luis Suárez from two friendlies held in Europe. Thus, the striker has gained more time to recover from a knee problem that has been hampering him since the start of the season. This injury is responsible for performance below expectations. In eight Spanish league games, he scored just three goals.
Another favor was made by Jorge Sampaolli of the Argentine national team. He summoned Lionel Messi (11 games, 12 goals) and used the athlete only in a 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday 11 November and dismissed him from the match against Nigeria (4-2 defeat) giving the athlete a free week for training.
The possibility of counting on his double starting attack allows Valverde to counterbalance the injury problems. They are in the ward the defender Aleix Vidal (five games, without goal); André Gomes (five games without a goal), Sergi Roberto (nine games, one goal) and Arda Turan (without performances); and striker Ousmane Dembele (two games, no goal).
Barca have a game against Juventus in Turin on 22 November for the fifth round of the Champions League. However, as it is already classified, it should give priority to the Spanish clash if you need to spare players, for example midfielder Andrés Iniesta, who has been suffering constant injuries since last year.
History of the bouts between Leganes and Barcelona
The teams faced each other for the first time last season in La Liga. Barcelona won as a 5-1 home visitor and made it 2-1 at home.
Even acting out of the home Barcelona is the best option for guess. Has a price of 1.28 to win this Saturday at Bet365. Draw has a return of 5.50. Leganes is considered the biggest underdog of the twelfth round of the Spanish Championship and has a price of 9.50 for the case of success against Barca.