Barcelona vs Espanyol LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel, team news and kick-off time as Xavi has first game

BARCELONA play host to Espanyol TONIGHT in another La Liga derby which will be Xavi's first game as Barca boss.

The home side currently sit ninth in the league table, with their opposition two places behind in 11th.

  • Kick-off: 8pm
  • Barcelona: 1 Ter Stegen; Mingueza, 3 Pique, 24 Garcia, 18 Alba; 5 Busquets, 21 F. De Jong, 28 Gonzalez, 30 Gavi, 37 Akhomach, 9 Memphis
  • Espanyol: 13 Lopez; 22 Vidal, 24 Gomez, 4 Cabrera, 3 Pedrosa; 15 Lopez, 10 Darder, 25 Herrera; 23 Embara, 9 Puado, 9 De Tomas
  • TV/live steam: Premier Sports 2

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Kostas Lianos

    ESPANYOL FORMATION

    Espanyol manager Vicente Moreno appears to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation as well.

    Diego Lopez starts in goal with former Barcelona ace as well as team captain Aleix Vidal at right-back and Adria Pedrosa on the other side, while Sergi Gomez and Leandro Cabrera link up at centre-back.

    David Lopez, Sergi Darder and Yangel Herrera team up in midfield.

    Adrian Embarba, Javi Puado and Raul de Tomas lead the attack

  • Kostas Lianos

    BARCELONA FORMATION

    Barcelona manager Xavi appears to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with plenty of surprises as he placed his trust on youth.

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen starts in goal with Oscar Mingueza at right-back and Jordi Alba on the other side, while Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia link up at centre-back.

    Frenkie de Jong, Nico Gonzalez and captain Sergio Busquets team up in midfield.

    Gavi, Ilias Akhomach and Memphis Depay lead the attack

  • Kostas Lianos

    ESPANYOL SUBS

    34 Garcia, 2 Llambrich, 5 Calero, 6 Morlanes, 7 Lei, 8 Merida, 14 Melendo, 16 Loren, 17 Didac, 18 Dimata, 20 Bare, 21 Nico

  • Kostas Lianos

    ESPNAYOL XI

    13 Lopez; 22 Vidal, 24 Gomez, 4 Cabrera, 3 Pedrosa; 15 Lopez, 10 Darder, 25 Herrera; 23 Embara, 9 Puado, 9 De Tomas

  • Kostas Lianos

    BARCELONA SUBS

    4 Araujo, 6 Puig, 11 Demir, 13 Neto, 14 Coutinho, 15 Lenglet, 17 L. De Jong, 20 Roberto, 23 Umtiti, 26 Pena, 31 Balde, 33 Abde

  • Kostas Lianos

    BARCELONA XI

    1 Ter Stegen; Mingueza, 3 Pique, 24 Garcia, 18 Alba; 5 Busquets, 21 F. De Jong, 28 Gonzalez, 30 Gavi, 37 Akhomach, 9 Memphis

  • Kostas Lianos

    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

  • Kostas Lianos

    HEAD-TO-HEAD

    Barcelona and Espanyol’s first ever encounter took place way back in 1929 in the Copa del Rey semi-finals that the latter won 2-0 at home.

    Since then, the Barcelona neighbours have faced off a total of 190 times with Barca winning a majority of 113 times, compared to the Periquitos’ 36 victories.

    Espanyol haven’t been able to defeat Barca since the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in 2018 at the RCDE Stadium and went on to lose four out of the next six games across all competitions.

    But the visitors haven’t been able to beat the Blaugrana at the Nou Camp in LaLiga since 2009 when they won 2-1

    GETTY IMAGES
  • Kostas Lianos

    GOOD EVENING FROM BARCELONA

    Welcome to our live blog coverage of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol at the Nou Camp.

    Xavi is set for his first ever match as Barca manager after replacing Ronald Koeman at the helm two weeks ago.

    But the club legend is inheriting an unenviable state as the situation in the Catalan capital is not the way he remembers it with the Blaugrana sitting ninth in the table.

    The Spanish head coach will be missing Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, who are out with a bicep, hamstring and knee injury respectively.

    Sergio Aguero is also sidelined following his health scare last month against Alaves as he was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia that will require at least a three-month treatment – recent reports suggest the Manchester City legend is set to announce his retirement.

    All those absences in attack could see Xavi drafting the likes of Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho and Luuk de Jong for his frontline.

    Of course, returning legend Dani Alves will be unavailable for Barcelona as he is ineligible until January.

    However, Pedri is getting closer to a return from muscular problems and the same goes for Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

    Espanyol manager Vicente Moreno, on the other hand, will remain without Keidi Bare and Oscar Gil, who are still injured

    GETTY IMAGES

    Source: Read Full Article