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Barcelona v Espanyol

Barcelona vs Espanyol: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

17:15 EAT 30/03/2019
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Barcelona
The league leaders will be confident of claiming three points over their Catalan rivals and extending their lead at the top of La Liga

Club football returns this weekend after a short international break and to kick things back into action we have Barcelona hosting rivals Espanyol in a much-anticipated derby clash.

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
Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

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).

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US TV channel Online stream
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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 stream
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Squads & Team News

Position Barcelona players
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, Malcom, Suarez

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho

Position Espanyol players
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
Forwards Iglesias, Puado, Wu Lei, Ferreyra, Garcia

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 are at 14/1 while a draw is priced at 8/1.

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Match Preview

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 two star players could have created some panic with regards to who would lead the line against their Catalan rivals. 

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, incluing his manager who recently highlighted his importance once again to a thriving Barca attack.

"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 hold a nine-point advantage over Celta Vigo in the final relegation spot, so the threat of relegation isn't imminent yet.