Barcelona vs Espanyol live streaming, team news and match odds from Nou Camp

Barcelona will be determined to reduce Real Madrid’s advantage at the top of the table when they face City rivals Espanyol at the Nou Camp later today.

Wins for their Real over Celta Vigo and Atletico against Elche on Saturday saw Barcelona fall five points off the pace and also drop to third in the table, however they can move back into contention with a win in the El Derbi Barceloni.

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Just like Real and Atletico, Barcelona will head into their clash in strong form. Luis Enrique’s side have won all of their last seven clashes and have a strong record against their lesser known neighbours.

Barcelona have won each of the last 8 meetings between the two sides in all competitions with Espanyol’s last success coming in 2011 when they won 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

While they may have been winning the games, they have certainly not had it their own way with recent meetings been tight affairs. Cup ties have required penalties to separate them while the last two league meetings have been settled by a single goal.

A crucial winner-takes-all Champions’ league group tie with PSG at the Nou Camp could have a bearing on the clash with Enrique contemplating making changes to his side with the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar, Xavi tipped to start on the bench as Pedro, Ivan Rakitic and Rafinha come into the side.

Espanyol on the other hand are unlikely to tinker with their starting XI too much from the side that beat Levante 2-1, with none of the 11 that came in for the midweek Copa del Rey win over Deportivo Alves likely to feature.

The club currently sit 12th in the table having won just three and drawn 5 of their opening 13 games. Sergio’s side have managed just over a goal a game and prior to their win over Levante had not won in the league since October, a run that stretched back five games.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.