A desperately struggling Cadiz side host Catalan giants Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday evening.
Sergio Gonzalez joined Los Piratas in January, steering them out of the relegation zone with 25 points from his first 18 games in charge. However, Cadiz have lost their opening four games of the new campaign and are the only side in Europe’s top five leagues yet to score a single goal.
Barcelona are La Liga‘s joint-top scorers this term and rattled five more past Viktoria Plzen in their midweek Champions League opener.
Here’s everything you need to know about a meeting between two sides experiencing wildly contrasting moments.
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Cadiz vs Barcelona H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Cadiz: 2 Wins
Barcelona: 1 Win
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Cadiz team news
Sergio can’t even fall upon an injury crisis to explain the catastrophic start to the season. Ruben Sobrino returned from a case of damaged ribs to come off the bench in a limp 3-0 defeat against Celta last weekend – Cadiz attempted just one shot (which was blocked) in the second half.
Jon Ander Garrido is the only notable absentee. The 32-year-old returned from a loan spell at Mirandes in the summer but is yet to feature while he nurses a knee problem.
Cadiz Starting 11: Ledesma; Zaldua, Hernandez, Chust, Espino; Emeterio; Alejo, Alarcon, Blanco, Ocampo; Lozano.
Bench: Gil, Fali, Sobrino, Fernandez, Bongonda, Perez, Gimenez, Cala, Carcelen.
Barcelona team news
Eric Garcia limped off in Barcelona’s victory over Sevilla last weekend but was fit enough to make the Champions League bench in midweek. Gerard Pique made his first appearance of the season against Viktoria Plzen but still sits behind Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde in the pecking order.
Barcelona Starting 11: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele.
Bench: Pena, Roberto, Garcia, Pique, Alba, Kessie, De Jong, Torres, Fati.
For all their struggles last season, Cadiz didn’t concede a goal against Barcelona. In fact, the Catalans haven’t beaten Cadiz since their relegation-doomed season in 2006.
Boasting a player in the form which Robert Lewandowski finds himself – hoarding eight goals from his opening five games as a Barcelona player – Xavi’s side may well begin to reverse their underwhelming record against Cadiz.
Prediction: Cadiz 0-2 Barcelona