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  • 20 December 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
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Barcelona - Cordoba Preview: Catalans look to close on Real Madrid

Barcelona - Cordoba Preview: Catalans look to close on Real Madrid

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The Blaugrana can draw to within a point of the Liga leaders with a win at Camp Nou and Luis Enrique's men have scored 21 goals in their last four home games in all competitions

Barcelona were frustrated by Getafe last weekend but will be expected to end the year on a high note by beating Cordoba on Saturday.

The Catalan giants are four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid after they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Cosmin Contra's side.

With Madrid not in action in this round of fixtures due to their participation in the Club World Cup, Barca can cut the gap to just a point with a win over Cordoba at Camp Nou in their final game before the winter break.

Coach Luis Enrique insisted he was not concerned to lose ground on the leaders on a weekend when champions Atletico Madrid were beaten at home by Villarreal.

Pedro scored a hat-trick as a much-changed Barca dished out an 8-1 Copa del Rey hammering to Huesca on Tuesday to seal a 12-1 aggregate victory despite being without the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Barca have scored 21 goals in their last four home games in all competitions and Cordoba will have to find a way to keep them at bay.

The Andalusian outfit are in the relegation zone, but are unbeaten in their last two league matches after following up their surprise 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao by playing out a goalless draw with Levante.

Cordoba will be hoping for a better outcome than when they suffered a 5-0 hammering in the Copa del Rey almost two years ago.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta has not started a league game since October, but Luis Enrique gave the Spain international another 45 minutes in midweek following his spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.

Iniesta will be hoping to get the nod to return to the starting line-up when Barca attempt to secure a fifth consecutive home victory in all competitions.

Cordoba had not won on the road in La Liga since their victory in Bilbao and, despite taking four points from their last two games, they slipped into the bottom three last weekend as a result of Deportivo La Coruna's success against Elche.

Miroslav Djukic's men will be up against it on Saturday, but regardless of the outcome 2014 will go down as a sensational year for Cordoba after they were promoted back to the top flight for the first time in 42 years.

The only two absentees from Barca's training session on Thursday were Neymar (ankle) and Dani Alves (hamstring).

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Córdoba

Wins
2
0
0
Wins

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FC Barcelona FCB
Córdoba CF COR

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FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Córdoba CF COR
Córdoba CF Córdoba
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FC Barcelona FCB
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Córdoba CF COR
FC Barcelona FCB
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Córdoba CF COR
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Córdoba CF COR

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