All you need to know before the Catalans League meeting at the Camp Nou on Sunday
Barcelona seeks defeat Tuesday in Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, as they get Leganes in the First Division on Sunday.
The team of Luis Enrique slipped to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes. And their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the continental competition is currently very thin.
With this in mind, the league could be even more important. And the Catalans expect to keep pace with leaders. Real Madrid (Espanyol at home on Saturday) by beating the promoted side at the Camp Nou Leganes.
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Aleix Vidal will miss the rest of the season after suffering a horrific ankle injury in the win last weekend against Eibar. It is likely that the former Sevilla right-back is out for five months, and the club could sign a replacement if they so wish.
Javier Mascherano is also going to leave, while Arda Turan is doubtful after missing the trip to Paris. Nevertheless. Neymar is fit again after a stroke on Tuesday and Brazilian trained normally in a session on Friday to give Luis Enrique boost before the game on Sunday.
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Luis Suarez will miss the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves. After being suspended for two games was shown a red card in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on 1 February.
Barca will appeal in the hope that is available for the Uruguayan Cup May 27 at the Vicente Calderon, but the decision is likely to continue.
Sergio Busquets plays a match against Leganes on Sunday after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the League last weekend.
BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Luis Enrique to name a strong side for the visit of Leganes as the Catalans are expected to recover from its humiliating defeat in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The protection is likely to remain unchanged. But with Busquets and Mascherano injured prohibited, Ivan Rakitic should begin in a defensive midfield role alongside Andre Gomes and Andres Iniesta.
Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Suarez, meanwhile, will be together for the umpteenth time in the Barca game.
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LEGANES TEAM NEWS
Leganes sits just two points above the relegation zone after a disappointing defeat last weekend at home Sporting Gijon.
Contributed to the team that lost 2-0 and without a win in November. Winning just four of their last 22 matches in the First Division.
The club, based in Madrid, will be without the Ibanez Robert, Mamadou Koné, Jon Ander Serantes, David Timor and Ruben Perez on Sunday.
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BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Barcelona won 5-1 in the first meeting between the two sides in the league. The first game of the season, in which three members of MSN scored.
Leganes he played at the Camp Nou for the first time. Only two teams have won their first match in the league: Malaga in 1999 (2-1) and Villarreal in 1998 (3-1).
Lionel Messi has scored 33 of the 35 games he faced in the League at the Camp Nou. Only Perez and Hercules managed to close the Argentine.
Neymar is the player with the highest opportunities created per game (3.06 per game). The majority of completed dribbles (five per game). And the majority of strokes to the opposition field (8.33 per game) in the league this season.