FC Barcelona (1st, 43pts) vs Leganés (13th, 22pts)*
*Points and positions at the time of writing on Saturday
Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 20
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Denis Suarez, Sergi Samper, Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha (out)
Leganés Outs & Doubts: Alexander Szymanowski, Michael Santos, Guido Carillo, Unai Bustinza (out), Rubén Pérez, Ezequiel Muñoz, Diego Rolán, Nabil El Zhar (doubt)
Date/Time: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others
How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others
Following a thoroughly dominant display of football to move on to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, Barcelona are back in league action when they face Leganés at Camp Nou. Atlético Madrid won on Saturday and cut Barça’s lead at the top of the table to two points, so the Blaugrana need to win to stay comfortably above everyone else in La Liga.
Barça can also make it seven wins in a row in the league, a truly impressive display from what was a very inconsistent team at the start of the season. Leganés did beat Barça when these teams met for the first time this season, so this will most definitely not be easy. The leaders need a consistent, 90-minute display with and without the ball to get three points. If they do, this will continue to be a nice January for Barça.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé
Leganés (3-4-1-2): Cuéllar; Omeruo, Siovas, Tarín; Nyom, Pérez, Vesga, Silva; Rodríguez; Braithwaite, En-Nesyri
Leganés like to make these games ugly, so Barça will have to be patient. This will probably be low-scoring, but the good guys will get the job done: 2-0 to the champs.