Ernesto Valverde produces CLASSY gesture after historic Leganes win

Ernesto Valverde produces CLASSY gesture after historic Leganes win

Ernesto Valverde produces CLASSY gesture after historic Leganes win

And El Zhar made up for that miss 22 minutes from time, picking his spot in finding the bottom corner from 18 yards, with the aid of a slight deflection off Sergi Roberto, after being set up by Gabriel Pires.

Barca to win to nil is priced at 8/15 (1.53), although more appealing is the price of 9/10 (1.90) for Valverde's side to win with a -2 handicap.

Barcelona will overtake that mark with a win over Valencia on Saturday. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele has offered an extra outlet of pace after recovering from injury, while the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in January added another layer of class to a group of players already sizzling with quality.

"We will see [on Saturday]", Valverde said in a news conference when asked if Messi would start against Leganes.

Ahead of Saturday's match, Valverde said he would have to assess whether his talisman needed resting against Leganes after the team's final training session, per Marca.

The second goal came from open play, but once again the Argentinian looked simply unstoppable.

"It's what I've always done and if I can do it with goals, even better". He secured the three points after 87 minutes, controlling a pass from Dembele and dinking it past the goalkeeper.

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Barcelona kept their quest for becoming the La Liga king this season and are doing so in an invincibility manner having not lost any game this season.

Barcelona needed an injury time victor to beat Leganes 2-1 at home last term and dabblebet price them at 2/15 (1.13) to record another win.

Marcelino's team have had a fine campaign and even challenged for the title earlier this season, before suffering a drop in form.

Should they pick up a point or more, they will equal Real Sociedad's streak across 1978/79 and 1979/80, and move seven games away from the first unbeaten La Liga season in history.

Leganes ought to have scored straight after the break when Claudio Beauvue headed narrowly over the goal after replacing Nordin Amrabat.

And Barca's seemingly complacent outlook on the latter 45 was punished with just over 20 minutes remaining as Leganes forced themselves back into the contest through El Zhar; whose well-struck drive from the edge of the area flew past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to halve the deficit.

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