The dust from the UEFA Champions League draw hasn't even started to settle, but it's already time to refocus on the La Liga. In less than six hours Barcelona will take on their rivals, Espanyol, in a much anticipated Catalan derby. Espanyol have played title spoilers before and they hope to do it again this season. Games against the city rivals are always difficult, even more some when they're played away from the Camp Nou, at the Cornellà-El Prat. Irrespective of their league position, the are currently sitting in 10th place, Espanyol always find some extra motivation against Barcelona.
There are no major surprises in the squad list. There was no room for Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Douglas Pereira and Jordi Masip, while Thomas Vermaelen is still waiting for the medical all-clear.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the match:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo
Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano Correia, 22. Dani Alves, 24. Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi Hernández, 8. Andres Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 20. Sergi Roberto
Forwards: 7. Pedro Rodríguez, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr.
Expected Starting Lineup and substitutes:
(4-3-3): Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Bench: Stegen, Adriano, Mascherano, Iniesta, Rafinha, Roberto, Pedro
The match starts at 16:00 CET, and you can follow and comment all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.