Barcelona will welcome Deportivo La Coruna in a match that will stream live online as Lionel Messi returns for the Catalans to provide a huge boost for manager Luis Enrique.
Date, Kickoff Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 15, 2016, at the Camp Nou. The kickoff times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 3:15 p.m
- U.S.A time: 10:15 a.m.
- Pacific time: 7:15 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 5:15 p.m.
- UAE time: 6:15 p.m.
- Indian time: 7:45 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 10:15 p.m.
Preview and Team News
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has recovered from an adductor problem and is in contention to participate against Deportivo. Without the Argentine wizard, Barcelona has struggled and even lost its last league game against Celta Vigo. Now, with Messi back, Luis Enrique likely hopes things will change for the better.
In training, Messi was seen laughing and playing, so it is all good for Messi fans who wished the star to return as soon as possible.
Watch the Barcelona stars in a funny training video.
In defense, Spanish duo Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto are absent due to injuries, which means Lucas Digne and Aleix Vidal operate at fullback position.
French defender Samual Umtiti is available after some spell on the sidelines, and he may start the game to provide much needed rest for Javier Mascherano. Umtiti may partner with Gerard Pique, who recently announced his international retirement that will take effect after the 2018 World Cup.
In attack, Arda Turan or Rafinha could play on the right-hand side of the three-man attack. Paco Alcacer, who was signed from Valencia in a big money move, may once again be forced to watch the game from the sidelines.
Luis Enrique has said that despite having to play Manchester City in mid-week following this match, he will start the full-strength side.
For Deportivo, Faycal Fajr is available after a short ban, but the Moroccan may not be risked from the start.
Juanfran is not 100 percent fit yet, so we may see Laure start at right-back.
Barcelona Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Gomes, Busquets, Turan; Rafinha, Suarez, Neymar
Deportivo Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1): Lux; Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro; Borges, Mosquera; Gama, Colak, Moreno; Andone
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on beIN SPORTS en español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., beIN SPORTS USA, and fuboTV. You can also watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Barcelona vs. Deportivo: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Match played: 42
Barcelona win: 21
Deportivo win: 12
The last time Barcelona faced Deportivo, it was week 34 of La Liga, and Barcelona was under a lot of pressure to win the match as it was closely followed by Atletico and Real Madrid. The Catalans won that match 8-0, with Luiz Suarez scoring an astonishing four goals.
Barcelona vs. Deportivo: Prediction
Barcelona is the favorite without a doubt. Having lost its last game in La Liga, the defending champion will want nothing less than a win. Barcelona will boosted by the return of its maestro, Lionel Messi. Although it is always difficult to predict the outcome of a match, we expect a straight-forward victory for the Catalans.
Final Predicted Score: Barcelona 4-1 Deportivo
Barcelona vs. Deportivo: Betting Tips and Odds
- BARCELONA win: 1/8
- A draw: 8/1
- DEPORTIVO win: 16/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 9/4
- Over 2.5 goals: 2/7
- Both teams to score: 11/10
- Both teams fail to score: 4/6
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Key Stats to consider
- There have been over three or more goals scored in 19 of Barcelona’s last 23 matches in the league.
- There have been under two or less goals scored in Deportivo’s last seven outings in the league.
- Deportivo has yet to defeat Barcelona in last 12 games.
- Barcelona has scored at least two goals in nine of their last 10 at Camp Nou against Deportivo.
- Deportivo has not scored in their last three away games in the league.
- Deportivo has failed to win 14 of their last 15 away games in the league.
The stats are provided by Whoscored.
Barcelona vs. Deportivo: Live Stream
The match can be watched live streaming online in the link here.
The link will be updated just before kickoff.
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