After the breathtaking world cup tournament La Liga returns to Catalonia as the local rivals Barcelona vs Espanyol going to lock horns at the Camp nou.
After a long absence of club football, LaLiga Matchday 15 is upon us and FC Barcelona look on to continue their impressive form from last month in the Spanish top flight. Xavi named his 24 man Squad List ahead of the game yesterday and Ronald Araujo received the medical green light just in time to enter the squad.
Robert Lewandowski who was supposedly banned from 3 matches makes the cut after the Central Court of Madrid has granted a precautionary measure to the sanction imposed by TAD (The suspension is at hold until the court investigates the arguments presented by FC Barcelona).
Newly promoted 4th captain of the team Marc Andre Ter Stegen also looks to continue his great start to the season. ( 10 clean sheets in Laliga this season )
After not getting picked to the B team fixtures during the international break , Pablo Torre gets the call up from Xavi to complete the matchday squad with Arnau Tenas from the subsidiary.
- Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 24 games against Espanyol in La Liga , last defeat came in 2009 when Blaugrana lost 1-2 .
- Since the defeat in 2009 Barcelona have won all 12 home games against Espanyol keeping 10 clean sheets while doing so.
- FC Barcelona have gathered 37 points in 14 games this season so far losing just 1 game , equaling their 2nd highest tally at this stage in Laliga .
- Espanyol have won only 2 games this season and travel to Camp nou in desperate need of a win.
- Last 5 meetings between the two teams have ended in favor of The Blaugrana ( 3 wins 2 draws)