Barcelona required a late Lionel Messi goal to earn them three points in their last two La Liga games, scraping 2-1 victories over both Leganes and Atletico in the process.
Luis Enrique still remains under pressure in the Camp Nou dug-out, but after temporarily going top last weekend, albeit having played two games more than Real Madrid, there is still title hope for Blaugrana.
The visitors will have one eye on their weekend match against Deportivo, after taking four points from their last available nine in La Liga as they try to battle the drop. Place bet and Win big on NaijaBet.com
Barcelona – Lucas Digne and Jordi Alba will battle it out to start at left-back, as Jeremy Mathieu is now out injured with ligament damage.
Luis Enrique should opt for a back four, rather than his different tactical plan for the Atletico Madrid game, with Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique remaining at centre-back.Ivan Rakitic and Andre Gomes will be looking to battle their way into the side in midfield, as the hosts may look to rotate after a tough weekend.
Sporting Gijon – Jorge Mere misses out due to suspension for the away side after being shown a straight red last time out against Celta Vigo.
Jean-Sylvain Babin and Lillo will battle it out to replace the young centre-back, with Alberto Lora expected to be preferred to Douglas at full-back.
Lacina Traore will have some competition with Carlos Castro up front, with Burgui and Moi Gomez potentially risked despite a big game against Deportivo La Coruna coming up soon.
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in 9 of their last 11 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Barcelona are undefeated in their last 17 matches in La Liga.
Barcelona have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 home La Liga matches.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 4 home games (La Liga).
Barcelona have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches (La Liga).
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