Spain La Liga-Espanyol vs Barcelona Match Preview

http://cdn.livesoccertv.com/images/articles/4937-espnayol-barcelona.jpgAfter being named the best club coach in the world for the second consecutive time, Pep Guardiola can aim for another achievement against his city rivals. According to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, Guardiola received 201 points in the survey, while Jose Mourinho came second with 112 points and Sir Alex Ferguson came third with 107 points.

But this weekend, Guardiola can prove why he is the best in the business, with what could be a historic triumph against Espanyol. Indeed, if ever Real Madrid were to lose their game against Granada on Saturday evening, then Barcelona could steal the pole position and lead the table on goal difference for as long as they can.

Yet, Espanyol also have good reasons to win. Depending on the results of Osasuna, Sevilla and Malaga this weekend, three points could be enough to send the Blanquiblaus up into the UEFA Europa League zone. Thinking of catching up their challengers Barcelona is apparently not Espanyol’s target at the moment, knowing that a 14-point gap currently separates them.

The defending Liga champions will be setting their eyes on the dangerous trio formed by Raul Baena, Joan Verdu and Sergio Garcia – all former players at La Masia. Luckily for the Club World Cup winners though, Baena may start on the bench due to a left quadriceps injury; and somehow, it appears there is more trouble affecting the Espanyol line-up.

Although Carlos Kameni is back in the squad, Walter Pandiani is affected with a sore thigh muscle. Javi Lopez has a bruised left fibula, while Juan Albin has yet to be released from his right abdominal muscle problem.

For Barcelona, Ibrahim Afellay and David Villa will be missing, but Andres Iniesta is expected to make his league return after returning to training earlier this week.

Source:Live Soccer Tv

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