Cádiz vs Barcelona: how and where to watch - times, TV, online
Koeman's side travel to Andalusia to play Cádiz at Nuevo Mirandilla on matchday six of LaLiga 2021/2020, on Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 4p.m. ET.
Cádiz, sitting down in 14th with a win, two draws and two defeats from the first five games of the season, host Barcelona who are six points ahead in 8th, having played a game less. But the fact Koeman's side are undefeated in LaLiga this season (two wins and two draws) is not sufficient to avoid the label 'crisis' being liberally attached to the Catalan giants, where Koeman's future is hanging by a thread.
Koeman refuses to answer
In apparent response to what the Barcelona coach perceives as unfair media attention, Koeman decided to bin the standard press conference format, with such things as questions, and read out a statement. In his prepared script, the coach called for faith in the youngsters coming through, saying they had the chance to be world class stars in a few years, just like Xavi and Iniesta, but that patience is required. Worryingly for the fans Koeman said that finishing high up in LaLiga would be a good result and that "miracles" are not to be expected in the Champions League. Expectation management in overdrive, then.
Cádiz come into the game after a narrow 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Friday, goals from Anthony Lozano and Espino giving them a two goal lead, before Santi Mina got a goal back for the hosts.
Barcelona drew with Granada in their last game, on Monday night, with Ronald Araujo rescuing a point for Koeman's side after Granada had led for nearly the entire game through Domingo Duarte's second-minute effort. Barça's unbeaten league record has failed to impress anyone, scoring just five goals in four matches, but sorer still was the 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League match.
Cádiz will fancy their chances, having beaten Barcelona in the corresponding fixture last year (2-1) and held their illustrious hosts to a draw at the Camp Nou.
Cádiz v Barcelona team news
The good news for Álvaro Cervera: centre-back Cala returns from suspension and will likely go straight in the side. Álvaro Negredo could be in a line for a starting spot having come on off the bench last time.
The bad news: injuries continue to plague the squad with Jon Ander Garrido, Jose Mari, Alberto Perea and Carlos Akapo all out.
Barcelona meanwhile have their own injuries to deal with, seeing Sergio Agüero, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele all out. That means Memphis Depay will almost certainly start, along with Coutinhou and Demir.
In the midfield, Pedro too sits out, meaning Sergio Busquets and Frankie de Jong will be joined by Sergi Roberto.
Finally, Piqué or Araujo? Probably Araujo, after his last face-saving goal against Granada.
What time does Cádiz vs Barcelona kick-off?
The LaLiga 2021/2022 matchday six game between Cádiz and Barcelona kicks off at 10pm local time in Spain, on Thursday, 23 September 2021.
That's 4pm ET, 1pm PT and if you're tuning in from the UK, 9pm.
No matter where you are in the world you can check out the kick-off time.
Where can I watch Cádiz take on Barcelona?
In the US the game is available on ESPN+ and ABC.
If you're outside the US, then check out these listings for the channel to tune to.
Cádiz vs Barcelona live on AS English
You can also follow our live text commentary here on AS English. We will be building up to the match an hour or so from kick-off before giving you a minute-by-minute account from Cádiz as the action unfolds.