The return to La Liga play was kind to first-place Barcelona with their first two games back against 18th and 19th placed squads in Mallorca and Leganes. They dispatched Mallorca 4-0 last weekend and now host Leganes at Camp Nou on Tuesday. Leganes enters Tuesday’s game in a massive relegation battle as five teams are within four points of each other for survival. Let’s have a look at these teams and how they arrive to this matchup, along with their LaLiga odds.
LaLiga Leganes Vs Barcelona Preview
These teams played in Leganes on November 23 and the hosts had the 12,000 fans at Estadio Municipal de Butarque dreaming upset when Youssef En-Nesyri scored in the 12th minute. That lead held for 40 minutes but Luis Suarez tied the game in the 53rd minute and Arturo Vidal won it for Barca in the 79th minute.
FC Barcelona Betting Preview – Full Steam Ahead
As expected, Barcelona returned to play last weekend by crushing 18th place Mallorca 4-0. Vidal scored in the second minute and the visitors led 2-0 at the break. Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi added second half goals while Marc-Andre ter Stegen made three saves. Barca also welcomed Suarez back from a knee injury as the substitute played the final 33 minutes.
Despite missing the first six weeks of the season, Messi leads the team with 25 total goals, 20 in league play and has a team-best 18 assists. Suarez has 14 total goals and 11 assists while Antoine Griezmann has 14 goals. Ter Stegen has allowed 29 goals in 27 league games with nine clean sheets.
CD Leganes Betting Preview – Battle for Survival
Los Peperinos returned to action over the weekend with a 2-1 home loss to Real Valladolid. Oscar, on loan from Real Madrid, scored the loan goal with a penalty kick in the 84th minute after Ivan Cuellar allowed goals in the second and 54th minute. The loss leaves Leganes tied for last with Espanyol, two up on goal differential, and they are three points from safety.
On the season Oscar leads the way with eight goals while Martin Braithwaite has scored six times with Leganes dead last in the league with 22 total goals. Cuellar has three clean sheets and four wins in 17 starts while Juan Soriano has 11 starts in goal with one win and three draws. The lone Leganes road win this season came on March 8 at Villarreal and they have just eight points in 13 games away from home.
Leganes Vs Barcelona Betting Lines
Barcelona has not lost at Camp Nou in league play since November 11, 2018, a stretch of 26 games that’s seen them win 24 times. Overall they have won seven straight at home and played 37 in a row without a loss. It would be a rather tall task to expect the 19th place team in La Liga to end those streaks, especially given that Leganes have just one La Liga road win this season.
- Money Lines: Barcelona -666 to win / Leganes +1536 / Draw +634
- Over/Under: 3 ¼ goals (O -108, U -121)
My Bookie Free Pick: Over 3 ¼ goals (-108)