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Will Barcelona vs Espanyol on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Xavi’s first game as a manager

Barcelona enter the pitch on Saturday night for the first time under new boss Xavi Hernandez.

He was appointed at the start of the international break to replace sacked Ronald Koeman, with Barcelona having achieved just one victory in La Liga’s last six games, leaving him ninth in the table.

They face Espanyol in the Camp Nou derby this weekend, with the visitors two places down and tied on points with Xavi’s new side.

All eyes will be on the former midfielder’s future, now that he’s in the dugout, his first senior position in Europe having been in Qatar for his only managerial experience before.

Here’s everything you need to know before the game.

When is the game?

Barcelona face Espanyol at 8:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday, November 20.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be broadcast live on LaLiga TV and Premier Sports 2. Subscribers can stream the game through the Premier Player app or the desktop website.

What is the news of the team?

Barcelona are still without Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Nico, while new signing Dani Alves cannot play until January and Sergio Aguero is out for the foreseeable future as he tries to fix a heart problem. Serginio Dest is also a doubt.

Espanyol are absent Keidi Bare and Oscar Gil is a potential absent.

Scheduled queues

FCB – Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Araujo, Garcia, Alba, Busquets, Pedri, F de Jong, Coutinho, Gavi, Memphis

ESP – Lopez, Vidal, Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa, Morlanes, Darder, Melamed, Melendo, Embarba, de Tomas

Odds

Barcelona 3/7

4/1 draw

Espanyol 15/2

Prediction

It could hardly be more than a fairytale comeback in the derby, could it? Lots to sort out but Barcelona have to start positively under Xavi. Barcelona 2-1 Espanyol.


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