LaLiga defending champions Barcelona will be in action on Wednesday night at home to Espanyol in yet another league clash.
The Catalans registered an impressive 4-1 win against Villareal last time out, and have a chance of cutting Real Madrid's lead at the top of the table to just a point with a win against their rivals.
With Madrid enjoying a four-point lead, Quique Setién's men can only win and hope their bitter challengers slip, with only four matches remaining.
Espanyol have had a poor run since the restart, and are 11 points adrift of surviving after chaining together five straight defeats since the restart.
Ahead of the oldest fixture in Spanish football, here are a few points to note.
Barça will once again miss the services of the injured Ousmane Dembélé, Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, and Junior Firpo. This means Setien will have a number of Barça B players on the bench.
Espanyol too will miss key striker Jonathan Calleri, who is out suspended after receiving a red card last the weekend defeat to Leganes.
Last five meetings
- 04/01/20 (LIGA) Espanyol 2-2 FC Barcelona
- 30/03/19 (LIGA) FC Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol
- 08/12/18 (LIGA) Espanyol 0-4 FC Barcelona
- 04/02/18 (LIGA) Espanyol 1-1 FC Barcelona
- 25/01/18 (LIGA) FC Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol
- 49 points that currently separate Barça and Espanyol
- Leo Messi has scored 25 goals against Espanyol, including three hat-tricks
- He also holds the record of most appearances made against RCD Espanyol, with 34
- Espanyol caretaker manager Rufete grew through the ranks at Barcelona
- Gerard Piqué has scored more goals against Espanyol, six, than any other team
- It has been more than a decade since Espanyol last won against Barcelona in the league
- The last time Espanyol kept a clean sheet against Barcelona was in 2018/19’s Copa del Rey quarter-finals first leg, which ended 1-0
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