Cádiz CF VS Barcelona – LIVE Reddit Soccer 24/09/2021
Barcelona travel to Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla to face Cadiz in La Liga action on Thursday. This will be the second of the three games they will be playing in six days. The Catalan giants are unbeaten in the league after four games but dropped points in a disappointing encounter against Granada in their last outing. Cadiz secured their first win of the 2021-22 campaign against Celta Vigo on Saturday. Anthony Lozano and Alfonso Espino’s first-half goals proved enough to secure the win.
The two sides have squared off 26 times across all competitions. They met for the first time in 14 years last season and, surprisingly, Cadiz were unbeaten in their two meetings against Barcelona. Barcelona have been the dominant side in this fixture and have recorded 19 wins so far. Cadiz have just two wins to their name while four games have ended in draws. They last met in league action at Camp Nou in February. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Alex Fernández canceling out Lionel Messi’s first-half strike with an 89th-minute equalizer.
With the ultimate aim of avoiding the drop again this time around, they started positively, as a 97th-minute Alfonso Espino equaliser saw them snatch a point in a 1-1 draw with Levante.
After another creditable draw against Real Betis, Alvaro Cervera’s men went on to suffer back-to-back defeats at the hands of Osasuna and Real Sociedad but bounced back with a win on Friday.
Los Piratas made the trip to Celta Vigo, and first-half goals from Anthony Lozano and Espino saw them earn a two-goal lead, with Cervera’s men eventually seeing out a narrow victory after Santi Mina pulled a goal back for the hosts.
Having collected a commendable tally of five points from their opening five games, Los Piratas will now look to put another positive result on the board, but they face a tough test as Ronald Koeman’s men arrive with the aim of getting back to winning ways.
Barcelona kicked off their bid to regain the La Liga title with a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad, thanks to a Martin Braithwaite brace and goals from Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto, before being held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao.
They then returned to winning ways at home to Getafe, before suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the opening game of this season’s Champions League group stage, as Robert Lewandowski hit a double after Thomas Muller’s opener.
Koeman’s men now come into Thursday’s trip on the back of a 1-1 draw with Granada, as defender Ronald Araujo rescued a point with a 90th-minute equaliser after Domingos Duarte’s second-minute opener looked to have fired their opponents to a 1-0 win.
While that late goal did keep the Blaugrana’s league unbeaten run alive, they have largely failed to impress in the Spanish top flight so far, having only netted five goals from their four games, while conceding three at the other end, and they will be keen to build a winning run to avoid losing further ground to the likes of Real Madrid, who sit at the summit with 11 points from five outings.