Barcelona aims to return to winning ways after a winless streak when they host struggling Almeria at the Monjuic on Wednesday. The visitors, currently at the bottom of La Liga, seek their first league victory of the season.
Barcelona enters the game without a win in their last three competitive matches, including defeats against Girona and Royal Antwerp and a draw against Valencia.
They’ll strive to finish the year on a high note after a string of inconsistent performances that have placed them seven points behind the top of the table.
Despite their recent struggles, Barcelona historically holds an advantage against Almeria, having won all seven home matches against them, scoring victories with clean sheets in most encounters.
On the other hand, Almeria sits at the bottom of La Liga, yet they obtained their fifth point of the season in their recent goalless draw against Mallorca.
While they’ve showcased defensive improvements with consecutive home clean sheets, their away form remains concerning, having lost their last seven away league matches.
Although Almeria managed a memorable 1-0 win over Barcelona in February, they face an uphill task to replicate that success at the Monjuic.
Barcelona faces several absentees, including Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Inigo Martinez, Marcos Alonso, Gavi due to injury, and De Jong, serving a suspension. Oriol Romeu might feature in midfield alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Pedri.
For Almeria, Lucas Robertone is suspended due to accumulated yellow cards, while Gonzalo Melero is doubtful due to a muscle problem he picked up in the previous game.
Cancelo, Araujo, Kounde, Balde;
Gundogan, Romeu, Pedri;
Raphinha, Felix, Lewandowski
Montes, Gonzalez, Chumi;
Pozo, Lopy, Baba, Akieme;
Arribas, Embarba, Baptistao
Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Almeria
Barcelona, despite their recent struggles, has a historical advantage against Almeria. Playing at home and aiming to revive their form, they are likely to dominate the winless Almeria, securing a comfortable victory to conclude the year.