SD Huesca (20th, 12pts) vs FC Barcelona (6th, 25pts)*
*Points and positions at the time of writing on Saturday
Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 17
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Ansu Fati, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Philippe Coutinho (out)
Huesca Outs & Doubts: Pablo Maffeo, Sandro Ramírez, Antonio Valera, Borja García (out)
Date/Time: Sunday, January 3, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio El Alcoraz, Huesca, Spain
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
VAR: José Luis González González
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Following a very disappointing draw at home against Eibar, Barcelona hit the road and play their first game of 2021 against another relegation candidate, Huesca, at the El Alcoraz Stadium.
Huesca are not only a relegation candidate but are the worst team in the league this season, with just one win, the worst defense and the second worst attack, and they don’t seem to have enough firepower to escape the second division next season.
On paper this should be a very easy win for Barça, the time of game that the Blaugrana would dominate and win 6-2 under Pep Guardiola or Luis Enrique, but those days are long gone. This is Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona, a team with no real identity and consistent of play, and a team capable of wasting chances and points against the worst teams in the league.
2021 should be a better year than 2020 for the world in general, but things don’t look good for Barça right now. Even a win against Huesca seems in doubt, and the title looks more and more distant as the team continues to drop unnecessary points. January is filled with big games in three domestic competitions, and they will test Barça’s depth and ability to beat the best teams.
If they can’t beat the worst ones, this will be a long month. Gotta dominate Huesca. Anything other than a big win is unacceptable.
Barcelona (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Messi, Pedri; Braithwaite
Huesca (4-2-3-1): Fernández; López, Puldo, Siovas, Gaitán; Mosquera, Rico; Ferreiro, Seoane, Ontiveros; Okazaki
This shouldn’t be tough but it will be because Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona! 2-1 to the visitors.