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  • 15 May 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
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Barcelona - Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Champions aiming to make it 16 consecutive home wins

Barcelona - Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Champions aiming to make it 16 consecutive home wins

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Hosts set to celebrate title win at Camp Nou against opponents with a good record against the Catalans as they aim to avoid the drop


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Fontas, Abidal; Thiago, Mascherano, Keita; Pedro, Villa, Afellay


Coach Pep Guardiola looks set to rest his key figures and he has also hinted that he will give his players who have yet to regain full fitness after recent injuries a run-out in the last two league games of the season. However, Adriano and Gaby Milito are still recovering from their respective muscle injuries, while Carles Puyol has yet to rejoin team training. Maxwell is out for the rest of the season.

Deportivo (4-2-3-1): Aranzubia; Laure, Colotto, Lopo, Manuel Pablo; Aythami, Ruben Perez; Adrian, Valeron, Guardado; Riki


Midfielder Juan Rodriguez is doubtful after picking up a knock in midweek. If he fails to recover Aythami will start alongside Ruber Perez as the double pivot. Coach Miguel Angel Lotina is also waiting on the fitness of Andres Guardado, Adrian Lopez and Manuel Pablo. Ze Castro and Antonio Tomas are certain absentees.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Barcelona clinched their 21st La Liga title in midweek, their third in a row. Guardiola has a 100 per cent record in league titles since taking over as first team coach.
  • The last team to take any points from Camp Nou was Mallorca on October 3. Since then, Barca have won their last 15 home league  games in a row.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 31 La Liga goals so far this season, the same exact amount as Deportivo going into Matchday 37.
  • The Catalan giants have won seven out of their last 10 meetings with their opponents this Sunday.
  • Deportivo enter the round in 16th place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone.
  • The Galicians were last in the Segunda Division in 1990/91. They have not been relegated since winning promotion that season.
  • Depor have won more times at Camp Nou (three) than any other team in La Liga since the turn of the century.
  • However, Lotina's side have won just one away game in the league in the whole of 2011.
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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Éric AbidalDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
15BartraDefender
32Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
-Jeffrén SuárezStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
6XaviMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
2Manuel PabloDefender
19Diego Daniel ColottoDefender
23AythamiDefender
7Alberto LopoDefender
15LaureDefender
-ValerónMidfielder
35Rubén PérezMidfielder
28Juan DomínguezMidfielder
21AdriánStriker
36Niouoi LassadStriker
9XiscoStriker
-SaúlMidfielder
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
-ManuGoalkeeper
33Diego SeoaneDefender
23Juan RodríguezMidfielder
-RikiStriker
Players to Watch
Pedro
Pedro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The winger has not been able to replicate his stunning form since returning from injury in mid-March. But the 25-year-old will be hoping to use the final 180 minutes of the league season to rediscover his touch before the Champions League final against Manchester United.
Valerón
Valerón
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The veteran playmaker was inspirational as he helped Depor to a crucial comeback win over Athletic Bilbao in midweek. His experience and influence will be paramount in his team's chances of survival. If Depor fail to survive the plunge, this could be one of the last games we'll see of Valeron in La Liga.
Prediction
Newly-crowned La Liga champions Barcelona will parade onto the Camp Nou turf to ensure that their home fans are able to celebrate their title success with a win. But Deportivo, just three points clear of the relegation zone, will fight to the death to save themselves as well as spoil Barca's party. The Galicians are expected to form an ultra-defensive barrier to leave Catalunya with as many points as possible, and it's up to Guardiola's champions to supply the entertainment.
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