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Feb 21, 2021 at 1pm UK at Camp Nou
BarcelonaBarcelona
1-1
CadizCadiz
Messi (32' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)
Alex (89' pen.)
Alejo (82'), Mari (85')

Preview: Barcelona vs. Cadiz - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Cadiz, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Barcelona will be looking to make it eight La Liga victories in a row when they welcome an out-of-form Cadiz side to Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon.

Ronald Koeman's side are currently third in the table, nine points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, while Cadiz have dropped into 15th following a run of four straight defeats.


Match preview

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal on February 16, 2021© Reuters

Barca's league form in 2021 has been excellent, winning each of their last seven matches, including a 5-1 victory over Alaves last weekend, which also made it 12 games unbeaten in Spain's top flight.

Koeman's side will enter this weekend's contest off the back of a hugely disappointing result in the Champions League, though, having lost 4-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick for the French champions after Lionel Messi had made the breakthrough, and the Catalan giants now have a mountain to climb in the second leg on March 10.

Barca also have serious work to do if they are to progress to the final of the Copa del Rey, having lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the first leg of their last-four contest on February 10.

Despite their impressive league form, Koeman's side are still third in the table, three points behind second-placed Real Madrid and nine points behind leaders Atletico, meaning that it is going to be incredibly difficult to reclaim the La Liga title, which appears to be staying in Madrid.

Cadiz's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring their second goal in January 2021© Reuters

Cadiz were excellent in the first half of the season as they stayed in and around the top half, but there is no getting away from the fact that the team are currently going through a difficult spell.

Indeed, Alvaro Cervera's side have picked up just one point from their last five matches, losing their last four to Sevilla, Atletico, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, conceding 15 times in the process.

Cadiz are currently 15th in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that they could soon find themselves pulled into the bottom three if their poor run of form continues.

El Submarino Amarillo have been impressive on their travels this season, though, picking up 14 points from 11 matches, while they were the last team to beat Barca in Spain's top flight, recording a 2-1 victory when the pair locked horns in the reverse game back in December.

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Team News

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on February 13, 2021© Reuters

Barca will again be without the services of Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto through injury, while the match is also likely to come too soon for Ronald Araujo, who is battling an ankle issue.

Gerard Pique made his return from injury against PSG and should continue in the heart of the defence, and the bulk of the side that featured in the Champions League is likely to remain in place.

There could be a change in the final third of the field, though, with Trincao, who scored twice in last weekend's win over Alaves, potentially joining Messi and Antoine Griezmann in attack.

As for Cadiz, Marcos Mauro is back following a suspension and should take the place of Juan Cala, who will now serve a ban due to his yellow card against Athletic last time out.

Augusto Fernandez, Carlos Akapo and Luismi Quezada are all still on the sidelines through injury, while Jens Jonsson and Alex Fernandez remain doubts for the visitors.

Alvaro Negredo will start in one of the two positions in the final third and is likely to be joined by Anthony Lozano despite the presence of Ruben Sobrino.

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Trincao, Messi, Griezmann

Cadiz possible starting lineup:
Ledesma; Iza, Alcala, Mauro, Espino; Sanchez, Jonsson, Fali, Perea; Lozano, Negredo


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We say: Barcelona 3-0 Cadiz

Barca were disappointing against PSG in the Champions League but ran riot against Alaves in the league last weekend. Cadiz beat the Catalan giants earlier this season but are currently struggling for form, and we are finding it difficult to look past a comfortable home victory for Koeman's side.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico31217357203770
2Real Madrid31207453242967
3Barcelona30205569264365
4Sevilla31204746252164
5Villarreal311213648341449
6Real Betis31146114245-348
7Real Sociedad311211848331547
8Granada30116133650-1439
9Levante31911113844-638
10Celta Vigo31911114148-738
11Athletic Bilbao30910113933637
12Osasuna31910122736-937
13CadizCadiz3199132745-1836
14Valencia31811123944-535
15Getafe31710142234-1231
16AlavesAlaves3169162547-2227
17Huesca31512143146-1527
18Real Valladolid30512132741-1427
19ElcheElche31511152748-2126
20EibarEibar31411162241-1923

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