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Predicted XI – Barcelona vs Espanyol

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Check out the team news and our predicted line-ups for tomorrow’s La Liga encounter between Barcelona and Espanyol.

Barcelona

Barcelona will be looking to maintain a positive momentum when they host local rivals Espanyol in the 35th La Liga round.

Quique Setien won’t be able to count on the services of Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele once again, as both of them remain on the treatment table.

Central defender Samuel Umtiti is also expected to miss the Catalan derby, meaning Pique and Lenglet will be paired in central defense for a third successive time.

Antoine Griezmann should be preferred to Braithwaite in the attack, after finally putting an end to his goal-drought in the 4-1 win over Villarreal last Sunday.

Predicted XI:

Espanyol

Rock bottom Espanyol visit their city rivals following five consecutive defeats in top-flight Spanish football.

The White-Blues are 11 points behind the safe zone and defeat in this Derby would officially relegate them to the Second Divison.

They will be without Argentine forward Jonathan Calleri due to suspension, but that’s not much of a miss, as the 26-year-old striker managed to find the net only once in 26 La Liga outings this season.

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