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The 2022-23 season of La Liga kicks off this weekend as title hopefuls Barcelona welcome Rayo Vallecano to face them at Camp Nou on Saturday. Xavi's side have enjoyed a busy off-season in the transfer market, despite their noted financial issues, with the club bending over backwards to seal new recruits.
But with the squad they have assembled now, they look every inch the challenger to Real Madrid for the title - and perhaps even ripe for a European renaissance. They'll have to overcome a stubborn opponent straight out of the gate however - so they won't be getting too ahead of themselves just yet.
Ahead of the game, GOAL has the details of how to watch on TV, stream online, team news and more.
|Games||Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano|
|Date||August 13, 2022|
|Times||3:00pm ET, 12:00pm PT|
|Stream||fubo TV (start with a free trial)|
US TV channel, live stream & how to watch
In the United States (US), La Liga matches can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (start with a free trial).
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|ABC||fubo TV (start with a free trial)|
Team news & rosters
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Pena|
|Defenders||Dest, Pique, Araujo, Christensen, Alba, Umtiti, Garcia, Koundé|
|Midfielders||Busquets, Pedri, Pjanić, Kessié, Roberto, De Jong, Gavi, Collado, González|
|Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati, Torres, Braithwaite, Depay, Aubameyang, Raphinha|
Having recovered from last year's poor start under Ronald Koeman, Barcelona kicked on in the post-Lionel Messi era to finish second in La Liga this term - and despite their insistence of financial instability, have sold off non-playing assets to pave the way for a major transfer offensive.
Most of their stars are now registered, at the final hour, with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha set to showcase the flagship quality they possessed at Bayern Munich and Leeds United at Camp Nou this season - and the club will thrill in the hope they can bring the glory days back.
Predicted Barcelona starting XI: Donnarumma; Marquinhos, Ramos, Kimpembe, Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes; Messi, Mbappe, Neymar.
|Goalkeepers||Dimitrievski, López, Morro|
|Defenders||Hernández, García, Catena, Lejeune, Balliu, Saveljich|
|Midfielders||Suárez, Comesaña, Nteka, Salvi, López, García, Ciss, Pozo, Valentín|
|Forwards||Palazón, Trejo, Falcao, Bebé, Moreno, Camello, Martín|
A mid-table finish in their first season back in the top flight of Spanish football was far from a poor result for Vallecano, who will hope to avoid a sophomore slump this term and keep themselves in the upper tier.
They will hope they can deliver an upset to kick off their campaign too, after holding Manchester United to a draw in pre-season, with the visitors fancying an effort to spoil the party feel their hosts will be going for.
Predicted Vallecano starting XI: Dimitrievski; Balliu, Suarez, Catena, F Garcia; U Lopez, Ciss; Palazon, Trejo, A Garcia; Falcao.
Last five results
|Barcelona results||Vallecano results|
|Barcelona 6-0 Pumas UNAM (Aug 7)||Vallecano 0-0 Valladolid (Aug 5)|
|NYRB 0-2 Barcelona (Jul 30)||Man Utd 1-1 Vallecano (Jul 31)|
|Barcelona 2-2 Juventus (Jul 26)||Leganés 1-2 Vallecano (Jul 27)|
|Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (Jul 23)||Birmingham 2-2 Vallecano (Jul 23)|
|Inter Miami 0-6 Barcelona (Jul 19)||Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Vallecano (Jul 20)|
|4/24/2022||Barcelona 0-1 Vallecano|
|10/27/2021||Vallecano 1-0 Barcelona|
|1/27/2021||Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona|
|3/9/2019||Barcelona 3-1 Vallecano|
|11/3/2018||Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona|