There may be 22 points between the sides in the table, but there is a lot of pride at stake when these two teams meet.
The last time the pair met was back in December, when Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi secured three points for the visitors in a 4-0 win.
Now, Rubi's men will be as motivated as ever to gain revenge over their rivals with a result at Camp Nou and ensure their last meeting is all forgotten about.
|Game||Barcelona vs Espanyol|
|Date||Saturday, March 30|
|Time||3:15pm GMT / 11:15am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|beIN SPORTS||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game has yet have a broadcaster announced but you can follow the game live HERE with Goal.
|UK TV channel||Online |
|No broadcaster confirmed - Live Goal coverage here|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Pena|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Miranda, Chumi, Murillo, Todibo|
|Midfielders||Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Vidal, Alena, Boateng, Arthur|
|Forwards||Messi, Dembele, |
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho
|Goalkeepers||Diego Lopez, Roberto|
|Defenders||Duarte, Hermoso, Vila, Naldo, Rosales, Javi Lopez|
|Midfielders||Darder, David Lopez, Granero, Piatti, Melendo, Sanchez, Roca, Alex Lopez, Semedo, Perez|
Espanyol XI: Diego Lopez; Rosales, Naldo, Lluis, Hermoso, Pedrosa; Victor S., Granero, Marc Roca, Melendo; Iglesias
Betting & Match Odds
Barcelona are the odds-on favourites at 1/7 with bet365. Espanyol
Ernesto Valverde will be pleased to have Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez back in training after their recent injury scares, with both now expected to feature on Saturday.
Fellow attacker Ousmane Dembele is sidelined, so the potential absence of his
However, the Argentina international is expected to play and continue his brilliant form of late which has seen him bag six goals and assist three others in his last three club games.
This has only led to further praise from the footballing world,
"It's evidence of the player he is," Valverde said regarding Messi's form. "Despite the opposition being on the receiving end, we are all enjoying this era of his, which is unequalled."
From an Espanyol point of view, it very much looks like damage limitation when they take the small trip over to the Camp Nou.
They suffered a 0-4 defeat last time they faced Valverde's men, and it wouldn't be too surprising to see a similar scoreline inflicted upon them again given their recent form.
Rubi's men have only won one of their last five fixtures, while they also failed to score last time out against Sevilla.
However, as often seen in derby matches, the form book sometimes goes out the window and Espanyol will be hoping that will be the case on Saturday as they look to secure a surprise result.
The Catalan side