Barcelona host Racing Santander this evening hoping to maintain their lead at the top of Primera Liga. The reigning Champions could find themselves away from top spot by kick-off, but they will know three points puts them in the position they want to be.
Then, with surprise package Levante – who are level on points with Barca as things stand – playing on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s men can heap the pressure on with victory against Racing Santander.
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They will of course be favourites to do just this. Barcelona may have uncharacteristically dropped some points on the road this year, but they are unbeaten after six games and still the team to beat in Spain.
The form of Levante – who are also unbeaten so far – will simply keep Barcelona on their toes and given them even more motivation to keep winning games.
The Champions League holders have certainly been turning on the style in front of their home fans of late. In three league games at the Nou Camp they have scored an incredible 18 goals without reply.
This will concern Racing Santander greatly, especially when the visitors have failed to register a league win so far this season. They have also only managed four goals in six games, so it has been a poor start for Hector Cúper’s men.
Overall, this match will be viewed as a chance for Barcelona to dish out yet another hammering. It will be a case of damage limitation for Racing Santander who, although determined to get themselves back on track, may simply hope not to be embarrassed.
One positive for the visitors is that Barcelona are still without a couple of first-team regulars for this one. Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez both have hamstring injuries, while Ibrahim Afellay is a long-term absentee.
Racing Santander have players missing too in the shape of loanee Lautaro Acosta and Defender Osmar, something which will not help them ahead of a game that they are already massive underdogs.
This one gets underway at 7pm this evening with Barcelona fully expected to secure a comfortable victory.