Barcelona has a chance to move within a point of Real Madrid on Wednesday when Lionel Messi and company take on regional rival Espanyol for Matchday 35 in La Liga. Barca entered the day four points back after a big win at Villarreal over the weekend. If Barca can win here, they will put all the pressure on Real for their match on Friday against Deportivo Alaves.
Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Wednesday, July 8
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Camp Nou -- Barcelona, Spain
- TV: beIN Sports
- Live stream: La Liga - fuboTV
- Odds: Barcelona -700; Draw +700; Espanyol +2000 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Barcelona: That 4-1 win at Villarreal could be the turning point. Four matches remain for Barca, and they have to win out. Even if they do, that is no guarantee that they win the league. So many dropped points over the last few weeks has put them in a tough spot. The attack was electric though against the Yellow Submarine, and they should expect similar outputs the rest of the way. They just have to hope and pray Real Madrid lays an egg. First thing is first though, and that's taking care of what they can control.
Espanyol: This is as big of a must-win game as ever for Espanyol. If the club fails to win, their relegation will be cemented. Talk about pressure. Losers of five in a row, Espanyol has scored just two goals in its last six games. The defense isn't that bad, and they keep things close, but that inability to score has been their downfall. For a team that was in Europa League this season, it's been a sad fall to the bottom of the table.
Barca makes quick work of their regional rival and takes home the victory. Pick: Barcelona 3, Espanyol 0