Barcelona’s pursuit of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid continues on Monday as they welcome basement boys Huesca to Camp Nou.
Forward of the kick-off, Barca path Diego Simeone’s facet by six factors however with a recreation in hand.
In the meantime, the newly-promoted guests sit 4 factors adrift of security and are large underdogs on this fixture.
After a untimely Champions League exit, the hosts can ill-afford to lose extra floor on Atletico if they’re to keep away from one other disappointing season.
The Catalans have gone undefeated in 16 La Liga fixtures on the bounce (W13, D3) since struggling a 2-1 away defeat at Cadiz on Matchday 12 – the longest present unbeaten run in Europe’s top-five divisions.
Ronald Koeman’s males have gained ten of their earlier 11 league matches (D1) by an mixture rating of 28-7, with every of their final 4 top-flight triumphs coming by a full-time margin of two+ objectives.
Coming off the again of a 1-1 away draw with PSG within the Champions League, Barcelona will probably be trying to keep their unbeaten streak towards Huesca in all competitions (GP:5 – W4, D1).
Barca inflicted the heaviest La Liga defeat on the north-eastern minnows, claiming an 8-2 win within the latter’s debut top-flight marketing campaign in 2018/19.
At Camp Nou, the hosts have solely skilled one reverse of their final 13 La Liga matches towards newly-promoted groups (W10, D2).
Notably, Barcelona’s final league loss on Monday dates again to 1998, with the Catalan facet successful every of their subsequent 5 such contests.
The guests have gained two of their final six La Liga matches (D2, L2), yet another than they’d of their first 20 within the competitors this season (W1, D9, L10).
An absence of firepower up entrance has seen Huesca rating beneath 1.5 objectives in 5 of their final six away league video games, managing a median of 1.00 objectives netted per La Liga journey this time period.
However, in the event that they get on the scoresheet, Pacheta’s males are prone to do it after half-time, as 69.23% of their complete league objectives scored on the highway this marketing campaign arrived within the second half of play (9/13).
Away from residence, the Azulgranas have picked up one victory of their final 20 top-flight fixtures (D10, L9) and have didn’t hold a clear sheet in ten consecutive top-flight journeys.
There ought to be no approach again into this contest for Huesca in the event that they fall behind, as they’ve ended on the shedding facet in 85.71% of the away La Liga matches through which they conceded first thus far (GP:7 – D1, L6).
Out: Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto.
Doubts: Gerard Pique.
Out: Gaston Silva, Sandro Ramirez, Pedro Mosquera, Antonio Valera.
Barcelona (3-5-2): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza; Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele.
Huesca (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Pablo Insua, Dimitrios Siovas, Jorge Pulido; Javi Galan, Pablo Maffeo, Mikel Rico, Jaime Seoane, David Ferreiro; Dani Escriche, Rafa Mir.