It is top versus bottom this week, as FC Barcelona aim for first place on the table when they battle host Cádiz. The latter, though, want to clinch their first points this 2022-23 LaLiga season.
Whose objective will be met by the final whistle?
Barcelona are fresh off a 3-0 beating of Sevilla last weekend. This is not counting the 5-1 thrashing they did on Viktoria Plzeň at the UEFA Champions League midweek. Amidst all the off-pitch drama and financial issues, it has been amazing that the Blaugana have not lost a match the entire summer.
Meanwhile, Cádiz CF are on the other end of the spectrum. Their last victory was back in July, a friendly against Málaga. They are also undermanned with Rubén Alcaraz expected to miss this match due to injury and Awer Mabil still recovering from one.
Barça have an ongoing unbeaten streak in away matches dating back to last season. They have won by at least a three-goal margin in their last three league matches.
New face on the block Robert Lewandowski has brought his goal scoring process to Spain, hitting the back of the net four times between LaLiga and the Champions League.
Los Piratas, on the other hand, have not yet scored a goal this season. In addition, they have conceded at least two goals in their three most recent fixtures.
Interestingly, Cádiz won their head-to-head last season with a win at Camp Nou and a draw at home. The last time Barcelona won was back in 2006, but this is mainly because they did not meet each other between 2007 and 2019.
Recent form (last five matches)
lost to Celta Vigo, 0-3
lost to Athletic Club, 0-4
lost to Osasuna, 0-2
lost to Real Sociedad, 0-1
lost to Sevilla, 0-1
defeated Viktoria Plzeň, 5-1
defeated Sevilla, 3-0
defeated Valladolid, 4-0
drew with Manchester City, 3-3
defeated Real Sociedad, 4-1
If Barcelona keep their form going, then expect a deluge of goals in this contest. Whether Cádiz would prevent a clean sheet and score their first goal, might be a better point of contention.
Barcelona to win
Over 2.5 goals
M88 Mansion MSports 1X2 odds
Cádiz CF – 13.00
FC Barcelona – 1.23
Draw – 5.90