Almeria vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Lionel Messi (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mates Gerard Pique (C) and Alexis Sanchez after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam ag the Camp Nou stadium on September 18, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have looked nearly unstoppable in the early going. They have won all six of their La Liga matches by a combined score of 22-5. Lionel Messi and Co. hope to keep rolling as they head to face a struggling Almeria squad.

Although Barca have been playing extremely well so far, the club's fellow title contenders from Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are keeping pace. So any thoughts about running away with the league are on hold, at least for a while.

As for their opponents, Almeria are coming off a midweek loss to Malaga. The defeat left the promoted club with just three points from the first six matches. It would take an extraordinary turnaround to secure a positive result on Saturday.

Let's take a look at all the vital viewing information for the clash, followed by a breakdown of the top storyline and a match prediction.

 

Where: Mediterraneo Stadium in Almeria, Spain

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. BST)

Watch: beIN Sport and Sky Sports 4

Live Stream: beIN Sport Play

 

Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)

Barcelona: 67.4 percent

Almeria: 15.8 percent

Draw: 16.8 percent

 

Top Storyline: Can Barcelona maintain their terrific early season form?

Barcelona have set an incredibly high standard in recent seasons. As one of the top clubs in Europe and sporting a roster with no shortage of talent, it's very difficult to get surprised by what they do on the pitch, but it's starting to reach that level.

They entered the campaign with questions about how Neymar and Messi would coexist and if the back line was going to hold up for another season. Their response has been a dominant start, sending a clear message to the rest of the league that those concerns were overblown.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14:  Neymar of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Jorge Andujar Moreno 'Coke' of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on September 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David
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Barca are still an elite team with the ability to put together a memorable campaign. Messi is scoring at a rapid rate like usual, Neymar is quickly finding his comfort zone as a key attacking asset and the defense has held up just fine in the early stages.

They should continue to roll leading into the next international break. But once they return, the true tests will begin. A Champions League encounter with AC Milan and a La Liga clash with Real Madrid are on the horizon in late October.

By the end of that stretch, fans will have a much better understanding of exactly how dangerous Barcelona are this season. The first batch of results suggest it's going to become a very successful campaign at Camp Nou.

 

Prediction

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Diego Costa (L) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Jose Antonio Garcia Rabasco (R) of UD Almeria during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and UD Almeria at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 1
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Barcelona have won their past three matches by a total score of 12-1. Almeria are one of two teams in the league still searching for their first win of the campaign. In other words, this should be a complete mismatch despite it being a road match for Barca.

Ultimately, they haven't shown any weaknesses so far, and Almeria lacks the overall talent necessary to expose any that do exist. So Barcelona should gain control of the match almost immediately and cruise to another convincing victory.

Barcelona 3, Almeria 0