Barcelona vs CadizLa Liga, KO: 18:30 Aug 20, 2023, Camp Nou
After failing to get past Getafe in their opening fixture, Barcelona return to La Liga action with a home clash against Cadiz. The Catalans will be keen to get things up and running in front of their fans and should maintain their fine record in this fixture.
Barcelona made an inauspicious start to the season as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Cadiz in their opening fixture. They played most of the game with 10 men after Raphinha was sent off and despite dominating the possession, lacked the cutting edge in attack.
While manager Xavi will be disappointed not to turn all that possession into goals, a point on the road against a traditionally tricky Getafe could be vital. However, with rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both winning on the opening weekend, Barcelona will be keen to avoid being left behind.
The good news for Barcelona is that they are returning to Camp Nou which served as a fortress last season and the place for most of their clean sheets. They have won four of their last five home matches, keeping clean sheets in all four wins.
In contrast to Barcelona’s slow start last week, Cadiz earned a 1-0 victory over Alaves in their opening fixture. They put up a solid defensive display for much of the contest, holding on to Fede San Emertio’s seventh minute effort to see out the win.
It may still be early days in the season but this is already a better start for Cadiz than last term when they lost their opening five matches and did not earn a win till September. Manager Sergio will be keen to use it as a spark for a better campaign, although one of the results in the opening weeks last term was a 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona.
One of the problems for Cadiz last season was a poor record on their travels. They claimed just one victory in their final 10 away matches last term and ended the campaign on a five-match winless run on the road.
How the bookies view it
Barcelona are considered overwhelming favourites among the bookies with a home win priced at 2/9 by 10bet. An unlikely victory for Cadiz is valued at 14/1 by BoyleSports while a draw is set at odds of 6/1 by bet365.
Head to head
Barcelona have a 4-2 advantage with two draws from eight previous matches with Cadiz. The Catalans did the double over their rivals last season, claiming a 4-0 victory in the first meeting before picking up a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou.
Players to watch
Robert Lewandowski had a quiet time last weekend but remains the most dangerous attacker for Barcelona. The Polish striker was on target in both fixtures with Cadiz last season and could be backed to find the net on Sunday at 4/6 with bet365.
Barcelona did not concede in both meetings with Cadiz last season and will be keen for a similar outcome on Sunday. Summer signing Inigo Martinez could partner Andreas Christensen in the heart of defence and both men can lead the Catalans to a clean sheet at 7/10 with 10bet.
Anything else catch the eye?
Barcelona won to nil in both meetings with Cadiz last season and could be set for a similar outcome at 17/20 with BetVictor. Having scored six goals across the two matches, a -2 handicap can be considered at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
With Barcelona expected to be dominant on Sunday, they could be tipped to win both halves at 6/4 with Paddy Power. Lewandowski remains their biggest goal threat and can be tipped to open the scoring on Sunday at 11/5 with bet365.
This La Liga match between Barcelona and Cadiz will be played on Aug 20, 2023 and kick off at 18:30. Check below for our tipsters best Barcelona vs Cadiz prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.