Pep Guardiola’s men have a firm hold in the league, and they'll aim to keep it that way at home to the side they beat 8-0 earlier in the campaign
|Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Busquets, Adriano; Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta; Villa, Messi, Pedro.
|Almeria: Diego Alves; Michel, Silva, Acasiete, Luna; M’Bami, Bernardello, Ortiz, Piatti, Crusat; Ulloa.||
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- Barcelona's form this season has been remarkable, and at present it seems that Pep Guardiola will threaten the 100 point mark. They've dropped only nine points this season.
- On 16 occasions in league play this season, they have registered at least three goals, but they've dried up in front of goal somewhat of late, failing to make that mark in all of their last five matches.
- Barca's 8-0 victory over Almeria is their biggest victory of the season - and their biggest league win under Guardiola.
- Goalless in four club games, Lionel Messi is in his longest drought since last April, when he went five matches without scoring after striking the decisive goal in the Clasico.
- Since losing to Mallorca on May 17, 2009, the Catalans have only been defeated in two La Liga matches.
- Almeria find themselves at the foot of the La Liga table having recorded only five wins all season - two fewer than any other side in the league.
- They've been particularly poor in the second half of matches, earning fewer points - they would have 31 for the season if only the second 45 minutes was considered - than any other team in the league after the break with the exception of Hercules.
- Roberto Olabe becomes the club's third head coach of the season after Jose Luis Oltra departed earlier this week. The former Tenerife boss took over from Juan Manuel Lillo following the 8-0 home drubbing by Barca.
- Away from home, Almeria have been sturdy defensively. Aside from the top three, only Real Zaragoza have conceded fewer goals than their tally of 21, though only 11 strikes have been mustered.
November 20, 2010: Almeria 0-8 Barcelona
Barcelona fired a Clasico warning shot to Real Madrid with a crushing 8-0 victory against hapless Almeria, whose defending was dreadful in a performance that ultimately accounted for coach Juan Manuel Lillo. Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta would both score in the opening 20 minutes before an own goal from Acasiete put the hosts in greater trouble. Further efforts arrived from Pedro and Messi made it 4-0 by the break. There was little relent after the break, when Messi would complete his hat-trick and lay on two goals for Bojan Krkic.
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