LaLiga – Match-day 13: Barcelona v Almería

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This Saturday sees Barca go head to head with Almería at the Nou Camp – Kick-off 9:00pm GMT.

Right now, Barca sit in second place in the League, 11 places higher than the thirteenth placed hosts, Almería.

Barcelona arrive at this game, having secured 31 points so far this season

Barca will have doubtless licked their wounds, following their recent defeat to Valencia at Mestalla. Xavi’s men will hope that is enough to deliver a positive result in this match.

Also, Barca keep finding ways to win, having secured 10 victories in their last 11 matches is astonishing this season, a form has placed them in clear contention for Champion’s League qualification. With 31 points (10W, 1L and 1D), they are established in second position in the League having won 10 fixtures, drawn one game, and lost one game.

Almería travel to Barca, knowing that they have nothing to lose. The odds are not in their favour, as the home team has recorded five victories and one draw in the six home fixtures they’ve played so far this season.

Barcelona will have 34 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Good Attacking Performance

They have a good scoring record of 29 goals. Their stand out attacking players have been Robert Lewandowski (13), Ousmane Dembele (3), and Ansu Fati (3). Barca have managed to maintain a strong defence so far, which in turn has allowed them to deliver good attacking options themselves and deliver good scoring opportunities.

Xavi will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of seven of his Barca players.

Almería have 13 points to their name, going into this tie

With two wins in a row under his belt, Rubi takes his Almería team into this game full of confidence, and hopeful of another successive victory.

Also, Rubi knows that a run of six losses in nine fixtures for his Almería side, is going to be a tough run of form to change. However that is exactly what he must try to deliver. Now they have 4 matches won, 7 games lost and 1 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in thirteenth place, with a total of 13 points having won four meetings, drawn one game, and lost seven games.

Almería’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Barca. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far drawn one game and lost five games.

A win in this fixture would take Almería’s points to 16 in the League.

Almería’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Rubi, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Barcelona v Almería – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Barca and Almería have faced each other 14 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Barca’s favour (12 – 0). In addition, Barca have seen victory in twelve of the previous 14 matches against Almería. The last time both teams met in this competition was April 2015, when Barcelona walked away as 4-0 winners.

Players to watch

For Barca, Robert Lewandowski has netted13 goals in 12 League fixtures this season, while El Bilal Toure scoredthree goals in 12 League games this LaLiga Season for Almería.

Other standout players for Barca are Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati with three goals and three goals respectively and for Almería are El Bilal Toure and Largie Ramazani with three goals both.