Barcelona return to La Liga action in mid-week against relegation-bound Espanyol in the second Derbi Barceloni of the season. Following the restoration of the 2019/2020 season, not much has gone the way of Quique Setien's men who have lost grip of their title charge.
With just four games left to play the defending champions are four points adrift of Real Madrid in first position. The current status of Los Blaugrana, who led the chart prior to the hiatus, was necessitated by the points dropped against Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid in the past weeks.
There is still a glimmer of hope for a late surprise in the pursuit for the title but that will only be achieved if Real Madrid drops points in at least three of their four remaining games. Relatively, Barca would have too winning all their remaining fixtures for the aforementioned to be a realization.
The Camp Nou outfit approaches the mid-week's encounter on the back of a five-game unbeaten run since the restart. However, they have won just two of the matches while drawing the remaining three games. Across the last 10 matches, they have picked up six wins, three draws and just one defeat.
For Espanyol, the frequency of wins enjoyed by their rivals seems almost alien to their campaign, especially in recent weeks. Francisco Rufete's men come into the Matchday 34 encounter on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Leganes.
The tale has been the same since the league resumed as they have picked up six defeats in seven outings during the period. While Barcelona enters the upcoming derby as favorites, the 2-2 draw between the two rivals earlier this season could serve as motivation for Los Periquitos whose relegation will be all but confirmed with a defeat on Wednesday.
Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti are all out of contention for Barcelona with respective injuries. There are no issues of suspensions for Los Blaugrana. On the other hand, Espanyol would test their luck without Jonathan Calleri.
The striker was sent-off in the weekend's loss to Leganes. Both Pipa and Sebastien Corchia are also unavailable as they are yet to recover from injuries.
Possible starting XI for Barcelona vs Espanyol
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Vidal; Messi; Suarez, Griezmann.
Espanyol: Diego Lopez; J. Lopez, Espinosa, Cabrera, Vila; Roca, David Lopez; Melendo, Darder, Embarba, Tomas.
Broadcast information for Barcelona vs Espanyol
United States: Radio Barca, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Fanatiz USA
Australia: Radio Barca, Kayo Sports, beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN Sports Canada, Radio Barca
Spain: Movistar Laliga 1, Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus, Movistar+, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, LaLigaTV
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Barcelona vs Espanyol Broadcast Information
Stadium: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Canada: beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, Radio Barca, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV Canada
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1, Free
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: SL4G, SuperSport 7 Africa, DStv Now
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga 1, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, Movistar+, Mitele Plus, Movistar Laliga
Turkey: D-Smart GO, Spor Smart
United Kingdom: LaLigaTV, Premier Player HD
United States: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS, Radio Barca, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT