25th of September 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
Catalan giants Barcelona are looking to recover from last weekend's setback when they visit Leganes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Wednesday afternoon. Barcelona have won the last four direct meetings since Leganes got promoted to the top flight, the Blaugrana scored 13 goals in those four matches and conceded just a three. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the last direct meeting, which was won 3-1 by Barcelona at Camp Nou. All the four previous matches had more than three goals in them, and there are pretty big chances that we'll see another high-scoring match on Wednesday.
After having survived in La Liga for the past two seasons, Leganes seem up against it this year as they are still looking for their first victory of the campaign. They have lost four of their five matches so far, their only slight satisfaction was the 2-2 home draw against Real Sociedad. However, their last two defeats were both 1-0, which might mean that their defence is improving. Last week Leganes lost 1-0 at Eibar and dropped to last position in the league table. Alexander Szymanowski is still injured for the home side, while Recio and Ezequiel Munoz are doubts ahead of Wednesday's match.
Barcelona had a perfect start to the season until last weekend, when they got stunned by Girona at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona in that match after just 19 minutes, but then Clement Lenglet got sent off and gave Girona a way back into the match. Girona even managed to take the lead in the second half and central defender Gerard Pique eventually managed to rescue a point for the Blaugrana. Barcelona are now tied at the top of the table with Real Madrid, so they can't afford another mishap at the moment. Malcom is an injury doubt ahead of this match, while Lenglet is suspended.
Leganes: Cuellar - Nyom, Bustinza, Siovas, Garcia - Recio, Perez, Gumbau - Zhar, Carrillo, Rolan
Barcelona: Ter Stegen - Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba - Rafinha, Busquets, Rakitic - Messi, Suarez, Coutinho
My prediction: Barcelona to win 3-1, the Blaugrana will not let this chance get away as Leganes are still too weak for this competition at the moment.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Leganes win - 11.00
Draw - 6.00
Barcelona win - 1.25
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