Barcelona vs Espanyol live stream: how to watch Xavi’s first La Liga game as manager online and on TV tonight

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Xavi Hernandez takes charge of his first game as Barcelona head coach on Saturday night, as he leads his new side in the derby against Espanyol.

The Camp Nou club have been in turmoil this year with financial worries, the departure of key players including Lionel Messi and poor results on the pitch, which resulted in the sacking of Ronald Koeman before the international break.

With Xavi eventually leaving Al Sadd to join the club he represented with such distinction as a player, all eyes will be on how long it will take him to turn the tide of the club as he sits in the middle of the La Liga table.

Espanyol are tied on points with their rivals, but two places lower in the league.

Here’s everything you need to know before the game.

When is the game?

Barcelona face Espanyol at 8:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday, November 20.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be broadcast live on LaLiga TV and Premier Sports 2. Subscribers can stream the game through the Premier Player app or the desktop website.

What is the news of the team?

Barcelona are still without Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Nico, while new signing Dani Alves cannot play until January and Sergio Aguero is out for the foreseeable future as he tries to fix a heart problem. Serginio Dest is also a doubt.

Espanyol are absent Keidi Bare and Oscar Gil is a potential absent.

Scheduled queues

FCB – Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Araujo, Garcia, Alba, Busquets, Pedri, F de Jong, Coutinho, Gavi, Memphis

ESP – Lopez, Vidal, Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa, Morlanes, Darder, Melamed, Melendo, Embarba, de Tomas

Odds

Barcelona 3/7

4/1 draw

Espanyol 15/2

Prediction

It could hardly be more than a fairytale comeback in the derby, could it? Lots to sort out but Barcelona have to start in a positive way under Xavi. Barcelona 2-1 Espanyol.


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