Barcelona – Espanyol plays this Saturday, December 31 for the fifteenth round of La Liga Santander in Spain, after the break for the World Cup 2022. Find out what time the match starts, and where and how to watch it, among other details. Watch the broadcast of the match here.
The azulgrana team arrives at this resumption of the Spanish championship as leaders, two points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid, who visit Real Valladolid on Friday.
In Saturday’s derby, Barça will be without Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who is suspended for three games for his sending-off in the last match before the World Cup break.
WHAT TIME DOES BARCELONA VS ESPANYOL PLAY?
07:00 – Mexico
08:00 – Peru, Ecuador, Colombia
09:00 – Venezuela, Bolivia
10:00 am – Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay
14:00 – Spain, Germany, Italy and France
WHERE TO WATCH BARCELONA VS ESPANYOL
The Catalan derby between Barcelona vs Espanyol will be broadcasted on TV through DIRECTV Sports and Movistar LaLiga (Spain), while DirecTV GO (DGO) and Fútbol Libre TV are options to follow it online via streaming.
In Qatar, Lewandowski lost in the round of 16 to France and will now have to wait to return to the competition with the azulgrana team.
In that match of the fourteenth matchday, Barça, despite playing with ten men, was able to beat Osasuna and Xavi Hernández is now confident that his squad can continue the good dynamic despite the six weeks that have elapsed since the last game.
The Barcelona coach has to decide who will take Lewandowski’s place in the eleven. Ferrán Torres, Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay could do it, but also the French winger Ousmane Dembelé, runner-up of the World Cup with his national team and who returned to the team’s training sessions on Monday, so he could be on Saturday against Espanyol, which is sixteenth and fighting for relegation.
PROBABLE LINE-UPS, BARCELONA vs ESPANYOL
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Balde, Christensen, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto; Busquets, Gavi, Pedri; Dembélé, Ferrán Torres and Ansu.
Espanyol: Lecomte; Oscar Gil, Calero, Cabrera, Oliván; Expósito, Souza, Darder; Puado, Braithwaite and Joselu.