La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign as they host struggling Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be strong favourites against a Depor who have won only one of their seven away matches this campaign.
Where and when: Camp Nou – 17 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna: Sky Sports, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Barca’s visit to the Riazor in March ended in a shock 2-1 defeat for the Catalan giants, while the last meeting at Camp Nou ended in a comfortable 4-0 home victory.
Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruna Predictions and Preview
Barcelona’s last home league match saw them drop their first home points all season as they were frustrated by Celta Vigo – Depor’s regional Galician neighbours – in a 2-2 draw.
The league leaders will be overwhelming favourites to win this encounter however having failed to win only three of their 15 league matches to date.
Deportivo won their first match in five on Saturday as they edged out Leganes at the Riazor thanks to Adrian’s first half effort but they have collected only five points from seven away fixtures to date.
However, last season’s four-goal defeat at Camp Nou was remarkably only their second defeat at the stadium in their last five visits, having come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in each of the previous encounters.
The bookmakers have made the hosts heavy favourites for all three points with odds of 1/10, while an unlikely away victory is priced at an outlandish 35/1 – Depor last tasted victory at the stadium in 2003. Based on previous results, a draw at 15/1 represents strong value.
Barcelona will be without injured central defenders Javier Mascherano and potentially crucially Samuel Umtiti, with Thomas Vermaelen set to deputise again. Andres Iniesta should return but the game will come too soon for Ousmane Dembele.
Depor are likely to start the game with their compact 4-2-3-1 formation with Lucas Perez, on loan from Arsenal, leading the line. They have no fresh injury worries or suspension from their recent triumph over Leganes.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez has netted six times in his last three appearances against the Galician side. The Uruguayan striker is 3/8 to score anytime.
One to watch for Deportivo La Coruna: Lucas Perez is the visitor’s main goalscoring threat and has netted five times since his return to the club. He is 43/10 to find the net anytime.
Long shot: Deportivo have fought back from two goals down to rescue an unlikely point in two of their last three visits to the stadium. Odds of Barcelona leading at the break before held to a draw – they were held after leading Celta 2-1 a fortnight ago – are available at 40/1.