La Liga: Barcelona vs. Espanyol
Crosstown rivals FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol collide at the Estadio Cornella-El Prat tonight in another interesting La Liga match. This will be the first derby to be played in the new stadium and around 40,000 fans are expected to attend.
Pep Guardiola’s side moved six points clear at the top of Spanish league on Wednesday following a 3-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou, thanks to goals by Bojan Krkic, Pedro Rodriguez and Yaya Toure. Espanyol, on the other hand, suffered another disappointment in midweek when they were defeated 3-1 by Racing Santander.
“We know that Espanyol are very strong at home and they have won 80 per cent of their matches,” Guardiola said when asked about their encounter against the Periquitos. “They are a team that attacks very well. At home, they are one of the best teams in La Liga.”
Barca will have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back after the 28-year-old striker recovered from an injury that has kept him out most of the month. Carles Puyol and Gabi Milito will also be back after being rested during the match against the Herculinos.
The match kicks-off at 20:00 CET (2:00 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Espanyol held Barca to a goalless draw to keep Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.
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