Barcelona will play Espanyol on Saturday in the Spanish La Liga, renewed that their title push is coming together at just the right time, and has conveniently coincided with a drastic downturn in form of rivals Real Madrid. Today's game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This exciting Catalan derby should prove a treat for fans; the title race is moving towards its dramatic climax, and it seems every week comes with a new twist and turn.
Barcelona come into this game following a solid 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, and a 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. Their confidence levels will be super high coming into this game, and a confident Barcelona is a dangerous thing.
The Catalan side is just one point behind league leaders Atletico Madrid, and if they win here today then they would move top of the table – albeit temporarily depending on Atletico's result later in the day.
However, things will not be easy, and Espanyol would love nothing better than to derail the title push of their neighboring rivals. Espanyol always put up a strong fight against Barcelona, and the title-chasers can ill afford to take it easy today.
Barcelona will have to cope with the loss of Victor Valdes. The Spanish keeper tore his ACL in Wednesday's victory over Celta Vigo and will be out for the rest of the season, and that will be a massive loss for the team.
That means backup keeper Jose Pinto will take his place for the run in to the season, and he will need the full support of his players to maintain the solid foundation that Valdes has built at the back.
Barcelona vs Espanyol will kick off at 11 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.