Goaaaaaal! With Real Madrid taking bye-week in La Liga, Barcelona has a chance to cut down Los Blancos lead. Expect Lionel Messi to lead the charge against cross-town rivals Espanyol. This Dec. 18 game is going to be wild so don’t miss it!
Real Madrid and the 2016 Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, are busy playing in the Club World Cup in Japan, giving Barcelona a chance to halve the six-point lead Los Blancos hold over the Blaugrana. If there’s any time for Lionel Messi, 29, Neymar, 24, and Luis Suarez, 29, to step up, this game against Espanyol is it. Barca welcomes the Periquitos to Camp Nou for a game set to kick off at 2:45 PM ET so tune in to watch every thrilling second!
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While Messi was defeated in the voting for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, he comes into this game with some momentum. He, along with the rest of The Trident, all scored in a Dec. 13 friendly match with Al Ahlini, according to ESPN. It only took eight minutes for Barca to score during the match in Doha, Qatar, as Luis passed the ball to Messi. One skillful flick of Lionel’s foot and the scoring was underweight. It was 3-0 by the 17th minute.
Lionel, Neymar, Luis and Gerard Pique, 29, all left the field by the 32nd minute – they didn’t even make it to halftime! With arguable the squad’s top four players off the pitch, Al Ahlini had a chance to score. Still, it wasn’t enough, as Barcelona won this scrimmage, 5-3.
Espanyol (aka Periquitos aka Magico aka the White and Blue) won’t be pushovers. Currently 9th in La Liga, Magico are coming off a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. Expect Felipe Caicedo, 28, to be a pain in Barca’s neck, as well as vice-captain Victor Sanchez, 29. They’re on a nine-game unbeaten stream (four wins, five draws) and look to make it 10 against Barcelona.
Who do you think is going to win this match, HollywoodLifers? Will Barcelona get closer to dethroning Real Madrid with a win, or will Espanyol surprised their cross-town rivals?