After a thrilling 2-2 win with Manchester United in the first leg of the Europa League play-off played on Thursday at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona will try to maintain the extraordinary defensive solidity that it is showing at home in LaLiga Santander (LL ). The blaugranas, who have conceded just one goal at home (0.1 p. p.), could face the visit of Cádiz with their advantage as leaders provisionally reduced to five points. With a brilliant record of 56/63 points, Barça enters the clash linking a streak of 17 games unbeaten in all competitions (G15, D2).

With Real Madrid eager to reduce their deficit on the leaders, Xavi’s side cannot afford to slow down against the yellows, although the Barça manager may have to reduce the playing time of some players ahead of the second leg against Man Utd. Barça has been resisted by Cádiz in recent times (last five games: G1, D2, P2), and last season they lost to the Cadiz team at the Camp Nou (BAR 0-1 CAD) for the first time in their history ( G11, E2, P1).

That historic victory in the Barça coliseum was achieved under the command of Sergio González, current Cádiz coach and with a Espanyol past. Sergio has lost his other nine games as manager against Barça, and his team failed to score in seven of them. The yellow squad moves to Barcelona after leaving the relegation zone, beating Girona 2-0. With the ambition of becoming the first winning visitor at the Camp Nou in LL 2022-23, Cádiz will seek to continue climbing the table, linking league victories for the first time since May 2021.

Their results at home are not very encouraging, having added a single win in their last eight official outings (G1, E2, P5), the most recent two ended with defeats at Sánchez-Pizjuán and San Mamés. In the event of leaving the Camp Nou empty, Cádiz will link three defeats as a visitor in LL for the first time since April 2006.

Players to watch: Raphinha, who showed his anger after being substituted in the 83rd minute against Man Utd, set up the first goal and scored the equalizer in that game; the Brazilian winger has scored/assisted five goals (W3, A2) in his last four games. Watch out for midfielder Gonzalo Escalante in Cádiz, who has scored two goals in his first three games with the Cádiz team, and those two goals have opened the scoring in the last two games for the yellows.

Outstanding series: Barcelona have never conceded a goal in the initial 45 minutes at home against Cádiz in LL (14 games).