Barcelona – Deportivo La Coruna
Barcelona hosts Deportivo La Coruna in a match from the 16th round of the Spanish La Liga.
Barca are leaders in the La Liga standings with 39 points won so far. They have 5 points advantage in front of Valencia. Their record is 12 wins and 3 draws. Alongside Atletico Madrid, Barca are the only unbeaten team in the league so far.
Last season Los Cules lost the title to their biggest rival Real Madrid, but now they are motivated to win the title once again. Barcelona’s new manager Ernesto Valverde is doing a very good job so far and the team is unbeaten in all competitions since the start of the new season. The fans are already dreaming of another treble. Is it possible? Well, only time will tell.
Meanwhile Deportivo are 17th in the standings with 15 points won so far. They are on just 3 points above Deportivo Alaves and the relegation zone of La Liga, so they need to improve as soon as possible, if they want to be sure in their survival this season. In their last five games Deportivo won just once – against Leganes, but now they will have a much tougher job visiting the Camp Nou in the Catalan capital.
Barcelona can’t use the injured Gerard Deulofeu and Samuel Umtiti, while Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano are doubtful for the match. The good news come from the recovery of Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha.
Deportivo will be without the injured Federico Cartabia, Gerard Valentin and Bicho, while Guilherme dos Santos Torres, Costel Pantilimon, Alejandro Arribas and Alvaro Queijeiro are doubtful for the match. The good news come from the recovery of Raul Albentosa, Bruno Vilela Gama, Luisinho and Borja Galan.
Barca are the clear favourite here. Can Deportivo make the big surprise here? We shall wait and see.