Barcelona vs Leganes predictions, betting tips and live stream info
Barcelona are hoping to build on their comprehensive 0-4 win at Mallorca over the weekend as they welcome Leganes to Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Barcelona resumed their fight for the La Liga title in perfect fashion over the weekend. A relatively arduous journey to Palma to take on a Mallorca side battling for survival could’ve been a tricky trip, but goals from Arturto Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi earned a very comfortable win.
With Real Madrid easing to a 3-1 victory of their own at home to Eibar, Blaugrana’s lead at the top of the table remains at just two points, but with 10 games still to be played there are likely to be a few more twists and turns as the two El Clasico sides once again fight it out for the top spot in the final stages of the campaign.
This weekend, the visitors to Catalonia are a Leganes outfit that are also fighting for survival at the foot of the table. As things stand, Javier Aguirre’s men are in 19th place, but there are only four points separating the bottom five teams in the table so every remaining fixture carries huge importance for these five teams.
Pepineros’ return saw a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Real Valladolid, and few will expect them to take anything from this trip to Camp Nou given that they lost 5-0 to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey earlier in this calendar year. A comfortable win is anticipated for Quique Setién’s charges here.
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Barcelona vs Leganes Predictions
Squawka Stat: Barcelona have won 11 games in La Liga this season by more than one goal – the joint highest in La Liga.
The handicap markets are always worth checking when Barcelona are in action. The league leaders are unsurprisingly dominant in many of their games and have won 11 of their games by more than one goal this season – the joint-highest amount in the division.
Although they sit second bottom in the table, Leganes are not one of the teams that are particularly known for crumbling to heavy defeats – but they do have a poor defensive record, with only four teams in the table conceding more than their total of 41 goals so far this season.
What’s more, Blaugrana hammered Pepineros 5-0 in the Copa Del Rey Round of 16 just a few short weeks before the season was temporarily paused.
Barcelona‘s signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in February, following the injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, drew attention for two reasons. The first was due to the emergency signing happening outside the transfer window – with Barcelona triggering his release clause – which meant Leganes were unable to replace the striker in their fight against relegation. The second was due to Braithwaite himself, with few believing he was going to be the man who could help fire Barcelona to the title. The former Middlesbrough striker, who scored just nine goals in 40 games in England, had hardly set Spain alight by scoring six goals for Leganes and his start to life in Barcelona was unspectacular. But against Mallorca, Braithwaite scored his first Barcelona goal and proved he can quietly complement the stars of Setien‘s side, hurting opponents with his simplicity.
Squawka Stat: Leganes have been behind after five minutes in their last two La Liga matches.
Barcelona have managed to find the net in the first 10 minutes on no fewer than 10 occasions already this season, including in their weekend win at Real Mallorca when Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal gave them the lead i just the third minute of the match.
Leganes have been slow out of the blocks in their last two games though. In the final game before the lockdown, Los Pepineros had to come from behind to win 1-2 after Gerard Moreno gave Villarreal an early lead and they went behind to Real Valladolid after Enes Ünai.
Given that we anticipate a comfortable win for Blaugrana in this game, it make sense to back another early goal for the Catalonian side given the context of recent matches for both of these teams.