Barcelona vs Girona LIVE!

Barcelona’s preparations for the new season continue with a preseason friendly against Girona this evening.

Barca’s 2019/20 season ended in desperate fashion: the Blaugrana lost their LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid before crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals in a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

That defeat cost Ernesto Valverde his job, while talisman Lionel Messi tried and failed to leave the club as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu won the contract standoff – for now, at least.

New head coach Ronald Koeman now has the huge task of attempting to bring an openly defiant Messi back onside, while Barca must find a way to restore their domestic dominance and also compete in Europe.

With kick-off at 6pm BST, follow the action with Ben Hayward!

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Kick-off time and venue

Barcelona vs Girona is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off.

The match will be played behind closed doors at Estadi Johan Cruyff with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

The match will be televised live on Barcelona’s Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.

Confirmed teams

Barcelona XI: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Araujo, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Trincao, Messi, Coutinho, Griezmann

Girona XI: Juan Carlos, Calavera, Alcala, Espinosa, Mojica, Gumbau, Kebe, Fernandez, Saiz, Izquierdo, Turmo

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Girona

There should be few issues for Barca against a side who finished fifth in Segunda B last term; expect plenty of rotation from Koeman, and a comfortable win. The home for trending sports news.