Barcelona hope to continue its good run of results and cut points in a day that theoretically should be favorable for the Catalans in Cádiz, although the local team has already shown its ability to surprise the greats: He did it against Madrid this season. After consecutive victories, two of them in the Champions League, they are the green shoots that Koeman clings to so as not to miss the League train. It is still curious to see Cádiz ahead of the Catalans at this point in the season but the good start of the Andalusians cannot be ignored, who achieved an unappealable victory against Madrid in Valdebebas. There are no excuses despite this and today a comeback must begin if you want to qualify for the league title. A new setback would leave the Barcelona fans without options. Barcelona will jump to Carranza knowing the results of their great rivals. The Real Madrid plays at 16:15 at Sánchez Pizjuán and Atlético de Madrid he receives Villarreal immediately after. The transcendental matches that the two Madrid teams have next week in the Champions League can play in favor of Barça.
Tonight’s game also has other incentives, such as the possibility that Leo Messi (641 goals with Barcelona) assaults the record of goals of Pelé (643 goals with Santos) achieved in the same club. The good trajectory of Barça in the Champions League has allowed Koeman to give rest the Argentine during the week so he will reach the top of the game tonight, as happened last week against Osasuna. The Dutch coach has also been able to recover the best version of Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has scored in the last three games and has found Martin Braithwaite the ideal partner. The Danish fixes the centrals and Griezmann is much more comfortable. In addition, Barça’s nine is on a roll, since in those three victories he has scored four goals and has forced a penalty.
Koeman has a few dilemmas to solve. In the defense, the only one is whether he decides to admit the Uruguayan Ronald Araújo or keeps Óscar Mingueza as Lenglet’s partner. On the sides Dest and Alba seem fixed. In the double pivot, Busquets and de Jong can play, even Pjanic and Pedri, while up with Messi, Griezmann and Braithwaite As for sure, the question is whether Coutinho or Koeman will keep Dembélé, who is in his best moment of form.
After two losses in a row, the Cádiz He scored again in Elche (1-1), something that was considered vital to avoid falling into a “bad dynamic”, as defined by his coach, Álvaro Cervera, who for this game has several casualties. The Andalusian team has not yet won in their field, where they count the matches by draws or defeats; and its classification, hovering around the European positions with 15 points added in sixth position, It is due to their good figures away from home, where they have only fallen once.
Cádiz: Ledesma; Carcelén, Marcos Mauro, Fali, Espino; Jonsson, Garrido, Álex Fernández, Salvi, Perea; Negredo or Malbasic.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho o Dembélé; y Braithwaite.
Referee: César Soto Grado (Riojano Committee).
Stadium: Ramón de Carranza.
Time: 21.00 (Movistar Partidazo).