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  • 9 March 2013
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  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
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Barcelona-Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Struggling Blaugrana look to regroup ahead of must-win Milan clash

Barcelona-Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Struggling Blaugrana look to regroup ahead of must-win Milan clash

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The Catalan giants will be desperate to bounce back against La Liga's bottom club at Camp Nou, after back-to-back defeats at the hands of arch-rivals Real Madrid


Barcelona forward Pedro is available for Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Deportivo La Coruna after overcoming a bout of flu.

However, playmaker Xavi is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, while Victor Valdes and Gerard Pique are suspended.

Assistant coach Jordi Roura is likely to rest many of his regular starters with Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash against AC Milan in mind.

Ze Castro, Kaka and Riki are all out injured for Deportivo, while Carlos Marchena is suspended.

Youngster Pablo Insua is expected to partner Aythami in the centre of defence.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalan giants have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 matches across all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 16 consecutive Liga appearances.
  • Deportivo La Coruna ended a six-match losing run with a goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano last weekend.
  • The Galician outfit have lost four of their last five meetings with Barcelona.
  • Deportivo's last win over Barca at Camp Nou was a 2-0 success in October 2003.

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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker
32Jordi MasipGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
2Manuel PabloDefender
23AythamiDefender
28SilvioDefender
-InsuaDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
14A. AguilarMidfielder
-ValerónMidfielder
9PizziStriker
16Bruno GamaStriker
25Nélson OliveiraStriker
13Germán Darí­o LuxGoalkeeper
21AyozeDefender
4Alex BergantiñosMidfielder
28Juan DomínguezMidfielder
18Javi CamuñasMidfielder
10Jesús VázquezMidfielder
22SalomãoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentine is bidding to extend his scoring run in La Liga to a remarkable 17 matches. Barcelona will need Messi to be at the top of his game if they are to get back to winning ways ahead of their Champions League clash with AC Milan.
Pizzi
Pizzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Portugal international is Deportivo La Coruna's second-highest scorer this season with seven Liga goals, despite playing predominantly as a winger. Pizzi will look to prey on Barcelona's defensive vulnerability and help his team grab something from the game.
Prediction
Barcelona will be hurting after successive defeats against Real Madrid and will want to make a statement of intent ahead of their showdown with Milan. Deportivo picked up their first point under new coach Fernando Vasquez against Rayo Vallecano, but they lack the quality to capitalise on the opposition's defensive lapses.
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