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Barcelona vs Cádiz – LIVE Football Soccer 18/04/2022

Barcelona vs Cádiz – LIVE Football Soccer 18/04/2022

Barcelona will be bidding to make it eight La Liga victories in a row when they welcome relegation-threatened Cadiz to Camp Nou on Monday night. The Catalan giants are currently second in the table, 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand, while Cadiz sit 18th, one point behind 17th-placed Mallorca with a match spare.

Barcelona hopes of lifting some silverware this season all but came to an end on Thursday evening, when they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final, which saw them lose 4-3 on aggregate. Xavi’s side can still catch La Liga leaders Real Madrid, but it is difficult to imagine Los Blancos dropping enough points over the next few weeks to allow Barcelona to finish at the summit, as the gap is 12 points, albeit with the Catalan outfit having a game in hand.

Barcelona are level on points with third-placed Sevilla, meanwhile, and actually only three points ahead of fifth-placed Real Betis, so their position in the Champions League spots is not secure. That said, the Catalan side are on a seven-game winning run in Spain’s top flight, including a 3-2 success over Levante last weekend, with Luuk de Jong netting the winner in the 92nd minute of the contest.

Barcelona have the fifth-best home record in La Liga this season, picking up 32 points from their 14 matches, but Cadiz have secured points in eight of their 15 away league fixtures this term, and the visitors are currently battling for their lives towards the bottom of the table.

Indeed, Cadiz are 18th in the table on 28 points, one point behind 17th-placed Mallorca with a game in hand, so they can certainly still escape the relegation zone before the end of the season.

The Yellow Submarine were excellent on their return to the top flight last term, ultimately finishing 12th, but they have found it more difficult to compete during the 2021-22 campaign.

Sergio Gonzalez’s side will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 home loss to Real Betis last weekend, but they have been beaten in just two of their last eight league fixtures, which has kept them in touch with the teams just above them, including Granada, who also have 29 points at this stage of the season.

Cadiz have a tough end to the season on paper, though, facing Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Elche and Real Sociedad, and they will not want to head to Anoeta on the final weekend needing a result.

Los Piratas actually took four points off Barcelona in La Liga last season, while they held the Catalan outfit to a goalless draw when the two teams locked horns for the reverse fixture back in September.

Barcelona are ready to welcome Cadiz to Camp Nou in La Liga as they prepare to continue their run of favourable results in the league. The Catalan giants are on a seven-match winning run in the Spanish top flight, which has helped them solidify their second position in the league table.

Their last league encounter saw them secure a last-minute 3-2 win over rivals Levante. However, Barcelona come into the game on the back of a shock 3-2 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, which saw them getting eliminated from the UEFA Europa League. Xavi Hernandez will be hoping that his players are able to produce a strong reaction and bounce back to winning ways on Monday.

Cadiz, on the other hand, are currently 18th in the La Liga table. They have 28 points in 31 matches and are a point behind 17th-placed Mallorca with a match in hand. A positive result against Barcelona would take them out of the relegation zone. Granada, who are placed 16th, have also played a match more than Cadiz and are on 28 points.

Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo (suspension) for the Cadiz encounter. Pedri has also been ruled out, which comes as a big setback for the La Liga giants.

Xavi is expected to make a few changes to the XI that started the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Eintracht Frankfurt. He will continue with the 4-3-3 formation that has given the Catalan giants great success recently. His possession-based football will leave Cadiz with nothing but counters to depend on.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will continue in goal, with a back-four of Dani Alves, Clement Lenglet, Eric Garcia and Jordi Alba shielding him. Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Gavi will form a three-man midfield. In Pedri’s absence, there will be a lot riding on the young Gavi, who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Camp Nou.

Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres are set to start in attack for Barcelona. Dembele has seen a resurgence since Xavi’s appointment as manager of the club and is expected to be their chief creative outlet.

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