Barcelona vs Cádiz CF LIVE Football Score 19 Feb 2023
Barcelona saw an 11-game winning run in all competitions come to an end on Thursday evening, with the Catalan outfit being held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League knockout round playoff.
Xavi’s team took the lead in the 50th minute of the match through Marcos Alonso but were then forced to come from behind late on, with Raphinha on the scoresheet after a Marcus Rashford strike and Jules Kounde own goal had sent the visitors 2-1 ahead.
Barcelona will head to Old Trafford for the second leg next week, but their immediate attention is on La Liga, where they will be looking to triumph for the seventh game in a row. Last weekend, the Catalan giants were 1-0 winners over Villarreal to move 11 points clear at the top of the table.
Real Madrid have since cut the advantage to eight, while it would be five if Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat Osasuna on Saturday, but Barcelona would then have the chance to go back to eight on the same number of matches in this fixture, which would be a strong lead after 22 games.
Xavi’s side have not lost in La Liga since Real Madrid beat them 3-1 at Bernabeu in the middle of October, and they have the best home record in the division this term, picking up 26 points from 10 matches.
Barcelona were 4-0 winners over Cadiz in the reverse match earlier this season, but the Yellow Submarine recorded a famous 1-0 victory at Camp Nou in the league last term.
Indeed, Lucas Perez struck the only goal of the match as Cadiz shocked Barcelona at home last season, and the strugglers will now be looking to make it back-to-back successes at Camp Nou.
El Submarino Amarillo have finished 12th and 17th in their last two La Liga seasons, and they are bidding to make it three straight campaigns at this level for the first time since the early 1990s.
Cadiz have been either close to or in the relegation zone for much of the campaign, and they currently sit 16th in the table, just two points ahead of 18th-placed Valencia.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side have picked up six points from their last three league games, though, overcoming both Mallorca and Girona on home soil to move out of the bottom three.
The Andalusian outfit have only picked up eight points from their 10 away La Liga fixtures this term but will be hoping that Barcelona suffer a Europa League hangover in Sunday’s intriguing game at Camp Nou.
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