Barcelona will be looking to solidify its hold of the top spot in the Spanish La Liga when they continue their 2019-20 campaign against a struggling Leganes side on June 16, 2020, at Camp Nou.

The Spanish champions returned from the three-month coronavirus break with a splendid 4-0 victory over Mallorca this past weekend. Barcelona’s defense looked shaky for the most of the season but the suspension of action might have done wonders for them. Meanwhile, Leganes is one of the weakest teams in the Spanish top flight. They are currently in danger of being relegated at 19th place but the good thing for them, safety is just three points away.

Soccer Barcelona

Barcelona is the #1 team in the Spanish La Liga right now with a record of 19 wins, 4 draws, and five losses. They have earned a total of 61 points on the season and are just two points up on rivals Real Madrid. Barca last played in the Round of 16 of the Champions League and they were forced to a draw with Napoli 1-1.

In their last La Liga outing this past weekend against Mallorca, Barcelona emerged with a 4-0 victory. Barca controlled 65% of ball possession while making 89% of the correct passes. They had a total of seven shots on goal and had three corner kicks, Lionel Messi had a goal and two assists to lead the team to its 19th win of the season.

With another goal, Messi now has a total of 20 goals scored this season to lead Barcelona. Luis Suarez has a total of 11 goals while Antoine Griezmann has netted eight times for the Catalan Giants. Messi also paces the team with 14 assists while Suarez has 8 and Griezmann also four assists for Barca.

Barcelona is the highest-scoring team in the Spanish La Liga with a total of 67 goals scored this term. However, they only rank 6th in goals conceded with a total of 31 allowed. This side is also the best passing team in Spain with a total of 50 assists on the year and their goal difference of +36 is also the best in the league.

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Soccer Leganes

Leganes is one of the bottom teams in Spain as they are currently in the relegation zone at 19th place with a total of 23 points on five wins, 8 draws, and 25 losses on the term. The good news for them, if at all, is that they are just three points away from safety. But with only two wins in their last seven outings, they need to pick up points in a hurry to keep their La Liga position for next year.

In their last assignment, Leganes conceded two sloppy goals and suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Valladolid. Leganes controlled 68% of possession time and made 79% of the correct passes. However, they only had two shots on goal plus two corner kicks and they lost the match despite being the better team in the match.

Oscar Rodriguez is Leganes’ top goal scorer with a total of 8 goals scored this term while Martin Braithwaite has a total of six goals scored and Youseff En-Nesyri has netted four times. Rodriguez, Braithwaite, and Roque Mesa each have two assists to pace Leganes this season.

Leganes has scored only a total of 22 goals this season which is the second-fewest in Spain this year. They are ranked 15th in defense with a total of 41 goals conceded this term. Leganes is dead-last in assists with only 14 on the year and their -19 goal difference is 18th overall in the Spanish top flight.

Soccer Who Wins?

Barcelona is in charge of its destiny right now and they have the chance to pull away from Real Madrid again after the latter closed the gap to two points with a win on Sunday. After facing Leganes, Barcelona has two tricky matchups against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao. However, given how good they looked against Mallorca, they appear ready for the task.

Leganes is coming off a disappointing loss to Valladolid at home. The loss dropped them tp 19th in the table but because they are just three points from 17th place, Celta Vigo, there is still plenty of chances to escape relegation. Leganes finished 13th last season and they have been in the top flight since 2016-17. They have their work cut out for them against Barca but their schedule gets easier after Tuesday.

Ousmane Dembele is still on the injured list for Barcelona with a hamstring injury while Alba is suspended for this match after picking up a yellow card against Mallorca. Junior Firpo could take Alba’s spot while Clement Lenglet is available after serving a suspension last week.

Please Note

Luis Suarez was named on the bench last week but he is 100% healthy and could figure in this match to form an attacking trio with Messi and Griezmann. If that happens then Braithwaite will drop from the list despite producing a goal in his last assignment.

As for Leganes, Argentine Alexander Szymanowski will be out of action again with a knee injury but other than him, Aguirre’s men don’t have any other injury concerns heading to Camp Nou. Oscar Rodrigues, Roque Mesa, and Kevin Rodrigues should keep their spots and there shouldn’t be big changes in Leganes’ lineup.

The plus money on Leganes is very tempting but in reality, there is nothing that suggests that they could overpower Barcelona. Leganes has lost three straight against Barca and they have not even got close to winning at Camp Nou. Barcelona is a solid 13-1-0 at home while Leganes is 1-5-7 on the road this season. I think those records speak for themselves.

Prediction: Barcelona (-625)

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What are the Spread Odds?

Barcelona -2


Leganes +2


Odds from SportsBetting as of 06/15/2020

Barcelona played like they never took a three-month break when they blanked Mallorca 4-0 the last time out. Leganes’ 15th ranked defense is leaky and they are up against the top-scoring team in the league. Barcelona is scoring an average of 3.2 goals per match at Camp Nou this season while Leganes has been blanked in 54% of their away matches this season. I expect Barcelona to cover the spread here.

Prediction: Barcelona -2 (-123)

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