La Liga preview: Barcelona vs Espanyol – key stats, H2H, line-ups, prediction

Ansu Fati of Barcelona

Xavi is braced for his managerial debut as Barcelona take on Espanyol in the Catalan derby.

Venue: Camp Nou

Key Statistics

  • Barcelona have been unbeaten in their last 22 games against Catalan rivals Espanyol.
  • Barca have endured the worst possible start to this season, currently sitting 9th in the table with 17 points after 12 games.
  • Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas is La Liga’s second top scorer this season with 7 goals and he has found the nets in the last five league games.

Head to Head record

Barcelona boast a dominant record against Espanyol, winning 124 times out of 212 games. Their Catalan rivals have managed only 44 victories.

Recent form

Barcelona: W L L D W D

Espanyol: W W D D L W


Barcelona are set for a new era under Xavi, who will make his managerial debut at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The legendary midfielder has arrived at Camp Nou in the middle of a deep crisis, with the Catalans sitting ninth in La Liga table ( 5 wins 4 draws 3 defeats).

However, Xavi intends to start with a clean slate in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.

Xavi is deprived of resources, as players like Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele have been sidelined due to injury. Furthermore, Gerard Pique, Pedri and Sergi Roberto will be assessed before the game.

Memphis Depay will be coming on the back of an impressive World Cup Qualifying campaign, playing a key part in Netherlands’ qualification. Frenkie de Jong was equally brilliant for the Dutch side in their crucial win against Norway.

It would be an exciting clash as all eyes would be on Xavi and how he would fare in his debut for Barca.

Possible Barcelona line-up

Marc Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong; Memphis Depay, Luuk De Jong, Philippe Coutinho


After gaining promotion from Spain’s second division, Espanyol have fared well in La Liga this season.

The Catalan club sit 11th in the table and share the same points (17) as Valencia and Barcelona.

Raul de Tomas has been in sublime form this season, racking up 7 goals and 2 assists in 12 games and also found the nets in the last five games in La Liga.

Possible Espanyol line-up

Diego Lopez; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Cabrera, Adria Pedrosa; Manu Morlanes, Sergi Darder; Nico Melamed, Oscar Melendo, Embarba; Raul de Tomas


Barcelona 3 – 1 Espanyol