Nov 1, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
1-0
Espanyol
Sanchez (68')
Mascherano (77')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Rafael Fuentes (45'), Sanchez (67'), Lanzarote (90')

Preview: Barcelona vs. Espanyol

Sports Mole previews Friday's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona will attempt to make it 11 wins from 12 La Liga matches this season when they welcome an out-of-form Espanyol side to the Camp Nou on Friday.

The Catalan outfit moved onto 31 points for the season with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday evening, meaning that they currently sit four points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid and nine clear of third-place Real Madrid, albeit having played one game more than the capital duo.

Espanyol, meanwhile, started the season in impressive fashion, but have struggled in recent weeks. Javier Aguirre's side have taken just four points from their last six matches, with a total of 15 points leaving them in eighth position in the table.

Espanyol will not have fond memories of their trip to the Camp Nou last season, with the visit to their rivals ending in a 4-0 loss. Barcelona have won four of the last five games between the two sides, scoring 13 times in the process and conceding just once.

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino is expected to recall Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta to his starting XI after all five sat out the win over Celta Vigo.

Brazilian defender Adriano is a doubt with a thigh injury, however, after limping out of the match on Tuesday. Jordi Alba is also on the sidelines, meaning that versatile defender Martin Montoya could switch to left-back.

Cesc Fabregas is also expected to keep his place in the team after scoring twice last time out, with Alexis Sanchez and Pedro both starting on the bench at the Camp Nou.

Espanyol, meanwhile, could hand a start to Thievy Bifouma after the Frenchman impressed in the 0-0 draw against Malaga on Tuesday. Diego Colotto could also come into the XI in defence, but pacey striker Jhon Cordoba is struggling with a muscular complaint.

Recent form

Barcelona: WDDWW

Espanyol: LLWLD

Possible lineups

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Montoya; Busquets, Fabregas, Xavi; Iniesta, Messi, Neymar

Espanyol: Casilla; Colotto, Moreno, Sidnei, Fuentes; Sanchez, Lopez, Simao; Stuani, Garcia, Bifouma

Sports Mole says: 3-0

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona25205068125665
2Atletico MadridAtletico25177141113058
3Real Madrid25156462273551
4Valencia25154649292049
5Villarreal2512583629741
6Sevilla25123103340-739
7Celta Vigo25105104337635
8EibarEibar25105103238-635
9GironaGirona259793536-134
10Getafe258982922733
11Real Betis24103114150-933
12Athletic Bilbao2571082628-231
13Leganes2586112128-730
14Real Sociedad2585124747029
15Espanyol2561092232-1028
16AlavesAlaves2591152237-1528
17Levante24311102138-1720
18Las PalmasLas Palmas2554161852-3419
19Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2546152453-2918
20Malaga2534181640-2413
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