Barcelona vs Girona – Camp Nou – Sunday 23rd September – Kick off 7:45pm UK time
Catalan neighbours Barcelona and Girona will face each other at the Camp Nou on Sunday with the venue of their net meeting still to be decided.
Last month, La Liga announced that they would aim to play one league game per year in America, with Girona vs Barcelona named as that game. However, it seems that may not go ahead according to reports this week.
That game, whether in Girona or Miami, wouldn’t be until January anyway with both sides’ main focus at the moment being Sunday’s match.
Barca are the only team in the league with a 100% record and sit top of the league two points ahead of Real Madrid but Girona have also made an excellent start to the season, losing just once to Los Blancos, and currently sit in sixth place.
The Blaugrana were in Champions League action in midweek with a Lionel Messi hat-trick helping them to a 4-0 defeat of PSV at the Camp Nou.
They were the dominant team in the two meeting between the sides last year with 3-0 and 6-1 wins helping them on their way to the title in a season where they lost just once, 5-4 at Levante.
Sergi Samper has been given the all clear by medical staff but will not be in the squad for this game. Besides that, the whole team, excluding Arthur, trained on Thursday with Ernesto Valverde likely to pick his strongest side for the game.
Girona boss Eusebio Sacristan will have a near fully fit squad to choose from with the exception of Johan Mojica who remains out with a hamstring injury.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Girona (3-4-2-1): Bono; Bernardo, Juanpe, Alcala; Porro, Luis, Granell, Aday; Portu, Garcia; Stuani
Barcelona 4-1 Girona
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