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Barcelona vs Girona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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The only really good teams in Catalonia meet at Camp Nou for what promises to be a fun night

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Barcelona (1st, 62pts) vs Girona (8th, 34pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 25

Barcelona injuries: None

Girona injuries: José Suárez

Date/Time: Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 1.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), Movistar Partidazo (Spain), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


After a very good result and a very bad performance away to Chelsea in the Champions League, Barcelona are back in La Liga action with a home match against fellow Catalan rivals Girona. The Blaugrana will be playing in front of the home fans and will be looking to perform better this time, and they should have a reason to up their game.

And that reason is Girona: the newly promoted side have had a dream season so far, playing great football and scoring lots of goals. Having some really fantastic young players on loan from Manchester City certainly helps, but manager Pablo Machín has done a wondeful job of making all these young pieces work together. They beat Real Madrid and drew with Atlético Madrid over the last few months, so they’ve proven their worth against the top teams.

Barça beat them 3-0 in their first meeting this season, but that was a really tough match and the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. Expect another tough night on Saturday, with Girona not afraid to attack the leaders at Camp Nou. This should be fun.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez

Girona (3-4-3): Bono; Ramalho, Bernardo, Juanpe; Benítez, Pere Pons, Granell, Mojica; Portu, Stuani, Borja García


PREDICTION

This will be really fun to watch just because of Girona’s style of play at home or away, and Barça will rebound for the bad performance at Stamford Bridge: 3-1 to the home team.