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

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The last Barcelona Derby of the season could be a huge step towards the league title for the city’s biggest club

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Barcelona v Espanyol - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Espanyol (15th, 24pts) vs Barcelona (1st, 57pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 22

Barcelona injuries: Ousmane Dembélé, Thomas Vermaelen

Espanyol injuries: Sergio García (Doubftul), Pablo Piatti, Dídac Vilá

Date/Time: Sunday, February 4th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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

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


It’s the last Barcelona Derby of the season! Thank goodness! Barcelona and Espanyol have already faced each other three times this season, with the Blaugrana winning two and the worst team in Catalonia getting a lucky win that ultimately meant nothing because they were kicked out of the Copa del Rey.

On Sunday they play for the last time in La Liga (and the whole campaign), and the hosts will once again be very annoying spoiled children who think they can beat Barça. Espanyol’s social media team will come up with another stupid tweet, and it’ll feel really good to kick their butts once more.

But maybe we won’t and Espanyol will have the last laugh. Imagine that...


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

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

Espanyol (4-2-3-1): López; Navarro, Hermoso, Duarte, Aarón; López, Sánchez; Baptistao, Darder, García; Moreno


PREDICTION

We should absolutely smash them to shut them up for several months, but I have a funny feeling about this one: 1-1 draw. Sorry, y’all.