The 2021/2022 season has not been the best of years for Barcelona, by the club’s standards. Losing Lionel Messi in the summer hurt their performances, quite expectedly, but no one could have thought they would be 15 points behind league leaders Real Madrid.
They have scored 32 goals, conceded 23, and sit fifth, one point behind Atletico Madrid, who occupy the final Champions League spot on the log. Barcelona is the league’s in-form team, though, with 3 wins and 2 draws over their last five fixtures. Memphis Depay is the leading goalscorer for the club with 8 goals and 2 assists. Luuk De Jong and teenage sensation, Ansu Fati, have three goals apiece.
For team news, Barca has a long list of players currently sidelined with injury, including Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, and Clement Lenglet.
Moreno Vincente’s Espanyol have not had the best of seasons, grabbing just 27 points from a possible 66. They lie in 13th place on the standings, 7 points away from the last European spot and 9 points away from a relegation spot.
They have scored 26 goals in the league, so far, and have shipped 30 goals in 7 wins, 3 draws, and 9 losses. They will hope to arrest a poor run of form that has seen them record 3 defeats over the last 5 games. However, they have a man in the form upfront, in the form of Raul de Tomas, who has scored 12 goals and provided 2 assists.
Espanyol’s team news: The club will be missing Aleix Vidal and Herera Yangel, who are doubts for the fixture as they remain sidelined with injury.