Barcelona will be seeking their first victory on the road on Thursday evening when they travel to Andalusia to face Cadiz. The Catalan giants drew 1-1 away to Athletic Bilbao in their only away game so far, so anything but a win against a side that is yet to win at home would be considered as failure.
Where and when: Estadio Nuevo Merandilla – 23 September, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Cadiz v Barcelona: La Liga TV
Last time: Lionel Messi scored from the spot to give Barcelona an early lead in the last meeting between these teams that took place in February. However, Cadiz were also awarded a late penalty that was converted by Alex, who formed the final 1-1 score in what was a historic draw for Cadiz at the Nou Camp.
Cadiz v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona will be aiming to do better against Cadiz on Thursday when they visit Estadio Nuevo Merandilla, after failing to beat the Andalusian side last term. Ronald Koeman’s men actually lost on their last visit to Cadiz last year, as Alvaro Gimenez and Alvaro Negredo were on target in the 2-1 victory for the hosts. The game at the Nou Camp finished 1-1, with Lionel Messi and Alex converting penalties, so Barca have a point to prove against Alvaro Cervera’s men.
La Blaugrana were happy to return to domestic action after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp in their Champions League opener. Koemen’s men were completely outplayed by the German giants, but despite their woeful start in Europe, Barcelona have actually been quite convincing in La Liga.
The Catalans managed three victories and a draw from their opening four games in the league. Their only draw was 1-1 away to Athletic Bilbao, so Barcelona will be looking to get their first away victory on Thursday. Barca are undefeated in five games on the road, with their last defeat being a 2-1 loss in El Clasico back in April.
Koeman will have to do without several key players for the trip to Andalusia, as Pedri, Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Jordi Alba are all injured. This absence in attack means that 31-year-old striker Luuk de Jong might get another chance in attack, after he made his debut against Bayern Munich.
Cadiz, meanwhile, managed one win from their first five La Liga games this term. The Pirates are yet to win a game at home after drawing against Levante in their opener, before suffering two consecutive defeats to Osasuna and Real Sociedad.
The Andalusian side have won just one of their last seven games at home and haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine La Liga outings. At the same time, Alvaro Cervera’s men have scored only five goals, so they’ll need to improve up front if they don’t want to get involved in the relegation battle this term.
Despite failing to beat Cadiz last term, Barcelona are 1/2 favourites to get the three points on Thursday. The draw is available at 17/5 , while a what would be a second consecutive victory for Cadiz over Koeman’s side can be backed up at 11/2.
One to watch for Cadiz: Jeremias Ledesma has had a rough start to the season between the sticks for Cadiz. The Argentinian goalkeeper is yet to keep a clean sheet and has conceded eight goals in five games. The 28-year-old will have to be at his absolute best if the Pirates are to cause an upset against Barcelona.
One to watch for Barcelona: Memphis Depay scored in two consecutive La Liga games and the Dutchman will be keen to build on his good form in the league. The 27-year-old had a poor game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but he will look to bounce back against Cadiz and is 7/2 to break the deadlock on Thursday.
Long shot: Cadiz suffered a 2-0 defeat in their last home game against Real Sociedad. A repeat of that result in Barcelona’s favour is available at 8/1, while it rises to 79/2 if you pair this with Depay to score first.