Saturday, 11:00 GMT, we have an interesting fixture in Liga Nacional, Barcelona – Jaén. The hosts are coming after a recent defeat and will want to show what they’re capable of.
Barcelona – Is 3rd in Liga Nacional, with 51 points from 23 fixtures, 107-50 aggregate. Has the best attack in the league and is qualified for the Copa del Rey final. Wasn’t an easy road, with two draws against rival Inter Movistar, 4-4 on the road and 3-3, at home. However, after this performance, Andreu Plaza’s men lost in the championship, 2-5 at Cartagena. But Barcelona had a good excuse, with more than five important players in the infirmary. Roger, Aicardo, Adolfo sau Ferrao will be back for the encounter against Jaén. “They form a very strong team and have a lot of ambition. We must take the game very seriously and be focused for 40 minutes if we want to get the three points and avoid giving them the option to catch us in the standings,” said Esquerdinha, according to the team’s official website.
Jaén – Has a surprising good season, being 5th in the standings, with 46 points from 23 matches, 89-57 aggregate. Will play the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal against Zaragoza on 10th of April and has a 1-0 advantage after the first leg. The game should have started back in late February, but Rios Renovables’ players had a bus accident on their trip to the arena. Jaén has eight wins in the last 10 home matches. “We will find a very aggressive Barcelona team and we’ll probably won’t feel that comfortable on the court. We will again need our best level if we want to have chance on Saturday,” said Daniel Rodríguez.
Barcelona – Jaén – Prediction
Back in November, Barcelona won 4-1, but people still remember the victory Jaén recorded at home last season, 4-3. Two strong teams, fighting for a better spot in the play-offs. The hosts have almost a full squad for this fixture and that will help us with our prediction. We’ll bet on an offensive encounter, considering that both clubs want the three points.
Prediction: over 6,5 goals, odds 1.72
Barcelona - Jaén