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Barcelona vs Leganes – League leaders set to win to nil
Lionel Messi backed in the first goalscorer market
Barcelona tipped to keep a clean sheet in comfortable win ove r Leganes (Getty Images)
Barcelona vs Leganes Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
A comfortable home victory is expected when Barcelona host Leganes in a Spanish La Liga fixture at the Nou Camp. We are predicting a win to nil for the Catalans while Lionel Messi is tipped to score the first goal.
FC Barcelona Form & Team News
Barcelona are sitting comfortably at the top of the La Liga table following a run of six straight victories. They are five points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid and are well on course to defend their title.
The Catalans earned a 3-0 victory over Eibar in their last La Liga fixture with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez getting the goals. Ernesto Valverde's men also secured a similar result against Levante on Thursday to book their place in the quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey.
Luis Suarez made a second half appearance in the Copa Del Rey and is set to return to the starting line-up. Messi is also set to continue in attack having scored in his last five matches while Ousmane Dembele could also feature following his brace on Thursday.
CD Leganes Form & Team News
Leganes have slipped into the bottom half of the table after claiming just one win in their last five league matches. Their only victory in that run was a 1-0 triumph over bottom team Huesca last weekend.
Los Pepineros will travel to the Nou Camp off the back of another 1-0 victory as they defeated Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey. The result was however not enough to see them through to the quarter finals of the competition having lost the first leg 3-0.
The likes of Youssef En-Nesyri and Guido Carrillo were not in the starting line-up against Real Madrid and should return for the trip to Barcelona. Javi Eraso and Recio are expected to retain their place in midfield while Kenneth Omeruo is set to continue in defence.
Barcelona vs Leganes Head-to-Head
There have been five previous matches involving Barcelona and Leganes with the Catalans leading the head to head by four wins to one. The visitors’ only victory against Barca came in the reverse fixture as they earned a 2-1 win at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque back in September.
Barcelona vs Leganes Match Up
Barcelona have looked imperious in recent weeks with Messi and Suarez leading the team to victory in their last six La Liga matches. The Argentine has scored seven goals in his last five matches against Leganes and will once again be the one to watch on Sunday.
The hosts have also maintained a solid defensive record lately with five clean sheets in their last six La Liga fixtures. They will be confident of shutting out the visitors who have failed to score in four of their last five away matches in the league.
Barcelona vs Leganes Key Statistics
- Barcelona have won their last 6 matches (La Liga).
- Barcelona have kept clean sheets in 5 of their last 6 matches (La Liga).
- Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 7 goals in his last 5 matches against Leganes (La Liga).
- Leganes have lost 4 if their last 5 matches against Barcelona (La Liga).
- Leganes have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 away matches (La Liga).
Barcelona are our pick to secure the win on Sunday having emerged victorious in their last six La Liga matches. Lionel Messi's record of seven goals in five matches against Leganes means the Argentine is our pick for first goalscorer.
Best Bet: Barcelona Win to Nil @ 1.73 at bet365 – 5 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Lionel Messi @ 2.88 at bet365 – 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Barcelona Win 4-0 @ 8.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit