Preview: Cadiz vs Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups
Barcelona will look to bounce back from a slightly disappointing start to the season on Thursday when it makes the trip to Cádiz. Cádiz vs FC Barcelona live stream, Cádiz vs FC Barcelona h2h, Cádiz vs FC Barcelona stream.
The Blaugrana are currently in seventh place after four league outings, while their hosts are three points behind in thirteenth place, after having played one more game.
After gaining promotion from the second division, Cádiz was impressed in his first season back in the top flight last season, finally finishing 12th, 10 points from the relegation zone.
With the ultimate goal of avoiding the crash again this time around, they started positively, as a 97-minute draw by Alfonso Espino saw them snatch a point in the 1-1 draw with Levante.
After another creditable draw against Real Betis, Álvaro Cervera’s men suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Osasuna and Real Sociedad but recovered with a victory on Friday.
The Pirates made the trip to Celta de Vigo, and first-half goals from Anthony Lozano and Espino saw them gain a two-goal lead, and Cervera’s men finally saw a victory narrowly after Santi Mina disallowed a goal. for the hosts.
Having racked up a commendable five-point tally in their first five games, The Pirates will now look to put another positive result on the board, but they face a tough test when Ronald Koeman’s men arrive with the goal of getting back on the winning track.
Barcelona began their attempt to regain the league title with a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad, thanks to a double by Martin Braithwaite and goals from Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, before drawing 1-1 against Athletic Bilbao.
They then returned to winning ways at home to Getafe, before suffering a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the opening match of the group stage of this season’s Champions League, when Robert Lewandowski connected. a double after Thomas Muller’s first game.
Koeman’s men now enter Thursday’s trip after a 1-1 draw with Granada, when defender Ronald Araujo salvaged a point with a draw in the 90th minute after Domingos Duarte’s opener in the second minute seemed having shot their opponents 1-0. to win.
While that late goal kept the Blaugrana league’s unbeaten streak alive, they have so far failed to impress in the Spanish top flight, having only scored five goals in their four games, while conceding three at the other end, and will be interested to build a winning streak so as not to lose more ground to players like Real Madrid, who sit at the top with 11 points in five outings.
Cádiz has a number of injury problems to deal with, as players like Jon Ander Garrido, José Mari, Alberto Perea, and Carlos Akapo will remain on the sidelines.
However, they will be bolstered by the return of center back Cala from suspension, and he should fit squarely on the defensive line.
Anthony Lozano will continue to play a key role from the wing, while seasoned forward Álvaro Negredo will push to return to the starting eleven after being reduced to a substitute appearance last time out.
Barcelona also have a long list of absences to face, as the front row, in particular, has been hit hard, with forwards Sergio Agüero and Martin Braithwaite and wingers Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé all ruled out.
Given those absences, Memphis Depay will continue to lead the line after his summer signing from Lyon, while Phillipe Coutinho and Yusuf Demir could reappear on the flanks.
Crucial midfielder Pedri will also miss out, leaving Sergi Roberto to complete the trio of midfielders alongside Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong, while Alejandro Balde retired injured after replacing Jordi Alba on the left side of a four from behind. without leaving any senior adjustment. left sides on the insole.
Gerard Piqué will push to return to the starting eleven after coming off the bench last time, but Ronald Araujo’s late goal and his impressive performance may be enough to keep him on the sidelines.
Cadiz possible starting lineup:
Ledesma; Carcelen, Cala, Haroyan, Espino; Salvi, Fali, Alarcon, Jonsson, Lozano; Negredo
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Garcia, Dest; Roberto, Busquets, De Jong; Coutinho, Depay, Demir