La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Malaga
The Blaugrana can hit 100 points, matching Real Madrid's points record from last season, if they beat the Andalusian side, which is playing its last game under Manuel Pellegrini.
By Karthick Arvinth
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has no fresh fitness concerns heading into Saturday's Liga finale against Malaga.
Captain Carles Puyol remains absent with a knee problem, while Lionel Messi is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain. Eric Abidal is set to make a farewell appearance after Barca announced it will not be renewing the Frenchman's contract into next season.
Malaga defender Martin Demichelis pulled his hamstring in training and is a doubt for the trip to Camp Nou.
Midfielder Manuel Iturra and goalkeeper Carlos Kameni are both likely to miss out with knee injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Barcelona is on a four-game winning run in La Liga and will hit the 100-point mark if it can extend that stretch to five games.
- The Blaugrana have won their last 14 Liga matches at Camp Nou.
- Alexis Sanchez (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Barca.
- Malaga is on a five-match losing run away from home in all competitions.
- Malaga's last away win over Barca came in November 1999.
- The game is set to be Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini's last with the Champions League quarterfinalist. He is expected to take charge at Manchester City.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Barcelona 3-1 Malaga
- 17.3 %
FC Barcelona 3-0 Malaga
- 9.32 %
FC Barcelona 2-1 Malaga
- 7.94 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||2014-01-26||FC Barcelona 3 - Malaga 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||2013-08-25||Malaga 0 - FC Barcelona 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||2013-06-01||FC Barcelona 4 - Malaga 1|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||2013-01-24||Malaga 2 - FC Barcelona 4|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||2013-01-16||FC Barcelona 2 - Malaga 2|
|2014-04-20||FC Barcelona 2 - Athletic de Bilbao 1||LIGA|
|2014-04-16||FC Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid CF 2||ESPC|
|2014-04-12||Granada 1 - FC Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|2014-04-09||Atletico Madrid 1 - FC Barcelona 0||UCL|
|2014-04-05||FC Barcelona 3 - Betis 1||LIGA|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|12||Jonathan Dos Santos||Midfielder|
|9||Roque Santa Cruz||Striker|
|21||Sebastián Fernández Miglierina||Striker|
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