The home team is on a great run. They managed to stay unbeaten for three consecutive weeks. In the most recent round, they drew with Leganes in a goalless stalemate.The Sky Blues currently occupy the fifteenth spot in the La Liga table. So far in the season, they produced nine wins and ten draws. The upcoming matches are of crucial value to them as they head into a photo-finish of the campaign. The gap keeping them away from the relegation zone is a rather narrow one. Just two points separate them from the drop zone. Barcelona are not exactly a team you can hope to get points against, but anything other than a loss would be an acceptable outcome for the hosts. Coach Fran Escribá needs to find a way to make an upset against the best team in the league.
The visitors lifted their twenty-sixth La Liga title in the previous match. The Catalan giant produced another amazing season in the domestic competition. On top of that, they are in the Champions League semi-finals fighting for European glory this term.The Blaugrana did well to wrap up the title before the season even ended. Their nine-point advantage over the second-placed Atletico Madrid was more than enough to see them emerge as champions. Consequently, coach Valverde is bound to rest his best players and give his bench a chance to prove their worth. Their talented roster should be more than capable of providing the win. With an expected summer overhaul, the Catalan players are eager to put on a great performance and secure their spot in the squad.The two clubs have a long mutual history. In the recent past, the Catalan club has been better from the two. From the recent five games between them, the Blaugrana won two. The three remaining matches ended as draws.