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  • 19 November 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 80000
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Barcelona - Real Zaragoza Preview: Champions back in action and aiming to close gap to Real Madrid

Barcelona - Real Zaragoza Preview: Champions back in action and aiming to close gap to Real Madrid

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La Liga returns after the international break as Pep Guardiola's side entertain Javier Aguirre's troops at Camp Nou


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA


Valdes

Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta,
Messi, Fabregas, Villa


REAL ZARAGOZA


Roberto
Juarez, Meira, Lanzaro, Paredes
Barrera, Micael, Ponzio, Juan Carlos
Luis Garcia
Postiga

Barcelona have three first team squad players currently recovering from injury. Ibrahim Afellay is back in light training but is still a while away from returning to action after his knee injury.

Pedro is still recuperating from a knee problem and Adriano suffered a bicep muscle injury in his leg whilst on international duty with the Brazilian national team and is expected to be sidelined for 10 days.

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano returned to training on Thursday after their World Cup qualifiers but the former Liverpool man limped off his last match for Argentina and is a slight doubt for this match.

Alexis Sanchez made a late return from international duty with Chile and may be rested by Pep Guardiola.

For Javier Aguirre's side, Abraham Minero and Adam Pinter took part in a training session on Monday and look to have fully recovered from their respective injuries.

However, there's bad news for Real Zaragoza this week as Paraguayan defender Paulo Da Silva has reportedly suffered a break in his right leg and looks to be missing for the foreseeable future.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last match between Barcelona and Real Zaragoza was a 1-0 victory for Pep Guardiola's side, in which Seydou Keita scored the all important goal.
  • Barcelona have notched up 34 goals so far in La Liga this season, Zaragoza have managed to score just 12 times.
  • Barcelona have welcomed Zaragoza to Camp Nou 57 times, and only lost twice.
  • The Aragon's last win at Camp Nou was a 1-0 victory, 46 years ago.
  • Javier Aguirre's side have conceded nearly double the amount of goals than they have scored this season, netting 12 times and leaking in 22 goals.
  • Zaragoza's top goalscorer this season is Helder Postiga with four goals. Lionel Messi has scored 14, which is three more than the entire Zaragoza side.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
23CuencaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Éric AbidalDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
12RobertoGoalkeeper
6Maurizio LanzaroDefender
6David MateosDefender
3ParedesDefender
2Fernando MeiraDefender
16Efraín JuárezDefender
23Leonardo PonzioMidfielder
26Juan CarlosMidfielder
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
10Luis GarcíaStriker
23Hélder PostigaStriker
40Pablo AlcoleaGoalkeeper
21MineroDefender
17Rubén MicaelMidfielder
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
26OrtíStriker
8Edu OriolMidfielder
17LafitaMidfielder
Players to Watch
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 2 0 0
The attacker was the hero for Argentina in their midweek World Cup qualifying win over Colombia. The Barca star scored an equaliser on the hour mark to get his side back into the match as was the catalyst for their eventual victory. The maestro has continued his recent fantastic form and that can only mean bad news for Real Zaragoza. 

Hélder Postiga
Hélder Postiga
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Portuguese is the top goalscorer for Zaragoza this season with four goals and he is their most potent attacking threat in the penalty area. The key for the striker will be whether he sees enough of the ball to make a true impact on the game.
Prediction
Barcelona usually struggle slightly after international matches, but you still feel they have far too much quality for Zaragoza to handle. The visitors at Camp Nou have not there in 47 years and it does not look likely that they will end this streak. Apart from one blip against Sevilla, Barcelona have been tremendous at home in La Liga this season and another comfortable win looks to be on the cards.
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