Barcelona - Celta Vigo Preview: Catalans look to maintain winning run
After trouncing Alaves 3-0 in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, the Blaugrana will be hoping to continue their near-perfect start to the season against Paco Herrera's side
By Karthick Arvinth
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro
Mallo, Oubina, Tunez, Lago
Fernandez, Bermejo, Krohn-Dehli
Barcelona are once again without defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol for Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.
Pique, who was originally expected to be sidelined for three weeks after injuring his foot in September, has not yet fully recovered, while Puyol is not anticipated to return from his dislocated elbow until December at the earliest.
Boss Tito Vilanova will recall a number of players rested during the midweek Copa del Rey game against Alaves, with Alex Song likely to return to centre-back duty alongside Javier Mascherano.
Natxo Insa and Samuel are both out injured for Celta Vigo, while Gustavo Cabral is suspended after his red card in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.
The Galicians will also make wholesale changes to their team after they rested almost their entire first XI for the midweek Copa del Rey defeat at Almeria.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
- The Catalan giants have won their last four head-to-head meetings with Celta Vigo with an aggregate score of 9-3.
- Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored five goals in his last six games across all competitions.
- Celta Vigo have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions.
- The Galician side have lost all their five away fixtures to date this season.
- Celta's last win over Barcelona was a 1-0 home success in May 2004.
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|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||29 Oct 2013||Celta 0 - FC Barcelona 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||30 Mar 2013||Celta 2 - FC Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||3 Nov 2012||FC Barcelona 3 - Celta 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||28 Jan 2007||FC Barcelona 3 - Celta 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||28 Aug 2006||Celta 2 - FC Barcelona 3|
|6 Dec 2013||F.C. Cartagena 1 - FC Barcelona 4||ESPC|
|1 Dec 2013||Athletic de Bilbao 1 - FC Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|26 Nov 2013||Ajax 2 - FC Barcelona 1||UCL|
|23 Nov 2013||FC Barcelona 4 - Granada 0||LIGA|
|10 Nov 2013||Betis 1 - FC Barcelona 4||LIGA|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|3||Andres Tuñez Arceo||Defender|
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