Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Cadiz vs Barcelona La Liga match from the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
Good run from Gavi which ultimately ends with an attempted cross from the right. But the cross is blocked and it is a Barca corner.
Booking- Barcelona’s Raphinha becomes the first player to see a yellow card this evening.
Another brilliant attacking move by Barca- De Jong finds a Barca shirt with a lobbed ball. Ferran, in a good position, finds the ball squared to him from the right but he cannot control the ball and get his shot away.
Ferran makes a darting run down the left flank. He tries to find a teammate in the centre of the box with a hard grounded cross but the cross is blocked.
Off the post- Gavi recovers the ball in midfield and passes the ball to Raphinha inside the Cadiz box. Raphinha aims for the near-post and shoots but the ball hits the inside of the post and comes back into play.
Ledesma with a long goal kick- Pique under pressure for a moment but he is ultimately able to see the ball out for a Barca goalkick.
A fast start to the game with both teams going for attacking football- Cadiz definitely not sitting back despite being the weaker team on paper.
Early chance by Sabrino but he cannot control his shot and miscues it.
We are underway at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
9:30 PM: STAT ATTACK!
Cadiz has taken points in each of its last four matches against Barcelona in La Liga. (8 points- W2, D2).
Barcelona has failed to score in its last two games against Cadiz in La Liga (D1 L1).
No team has won and scored more goals against Cadiz than Barcelona in La Liga history. (19 wins and 59 goals).
Cadiz has failed to score in its first four matches of La Liga 2022-23 and has lost all four games. Barcelona has not lost any of its four La Liga games.
Cadiz XI: Ledesma (GK), Zaldua, Hernandez, Mbaye, Espino, San Emeterio, Fernandez, Alejo, Sobrino, Ocampo, Perez
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen (GK), Bellerin, Pique, Araujo, Sergio, Ferran, Memphis, De Jong, Raphinha, Balde, Gavi
Barcelona’s impressive start to the season continues as it remains unbeaten in La Liga. Xavi’s Barcelona, fresh off an impressive 5-1 win against Victoria Plzen in the Champions League, will face bottom-placed Cadiz in the league on Saturday, September 10.
Three wins on the trot in the league, four if Champions League is included- under usual circumstances, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it should be a cakewalk for the Blaugranas against Cadiz but it will not be that straightforward for Xavi’s men.
Barcelona has not beaten Cadiz in 16 years and has scored just two goals in its last four meetings against the club. On paper, it is crystal clear who the favourites are but as the stats suggest, Cadiz has indeed been Barca’s bogey team over the past seasons.
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However, stats do not win matches, performances do. Barcelona will definitely look to obtain a strong result against Cadiz and keep the momentum going ahead of its mid-week Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski, who scored a hat-trick for Barca against Victoria Plzen is most likely to spearhead its attack but given how Xavi has made use of squad rotation, it won’t be an absolute surprise if the Polish striker is rested. It, however, remains unlikely.
Three points can propel Barcelona to the top with 13 points from five matches, at least momentarily, as defending champion Real Madrid does not play its match against Mallorca until Sunday, September 11.
Robert Lewandowksi and Ousmane Dembele may not play the full 90 minutes as Xavi would want the two in-form players fresh for the high-voltage Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, September 14.
New arrivals Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso might get some minutes after missing out on the Plzen match.
When and where to watch the Cadiz vs Barcelona La Liga match?
When does the Cadiz vs Barcelona match start?
The match will kick-off at 10:00 PM IST at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
Where can you watch the Cadiz vs Barcelona match?
The Cadiz vs Barcelona match will be telecasted live on the Sports 18 -1 SD/HD channel. It will also be available for online streaming in Voot Select and Jio TV app.