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May 26, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 27578‎
 
 
 
Pedro 86′

Espanyol-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana target third straight win over city rivals

Tito Vilanova's side will look to move closer to Real Madrid's record tally of 100 points from last season when they travel to the Cornella-El Prat on Sunday

By Karthick Arvinth

Barcelona - Valladolid
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Espanyol duo Hector Moreno and Christian Stuani are both carrying thigh injuries and are doubtful to feature in the 158th Catalan derby against Barcelona.

Midfielder Sergio Tejera is suspended but defenders Joan Capdevila and Joan Forlin both return after serving bans.

Meanwhile, Espanyol announced young defender Victor Alvarez successfully underwent surgery on Thursday to correct a minor heart defect.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will not be available as he is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.

Defenders Dani Alves (thigh) and Adriano (back) are expected to be available after missing the win over Real Valladolid, but Carles Puyol (knee) remains sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Espanyol are on a four-match winless run in La Liga, losing three.
  • Los Periquitos have lost four of their last five meetings with Barcelona.
  • Simao (pictured, right) made 69 appearances for Barca between 1999 and 2001, scoring four goals.
  • Barcelona have only won two of their last eight away matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L3).
  • The Catalan giants must win their last two games to equal Real Madrid's record tally of 100 points from last season.
  • Barca's last away defeat to Espanyol came in January 2007.


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-Cristian AlvarezGoalkeeper
3Raúl RodríguezDefender
6Juan Daniel ForlínDefender
16Javier López RodríguezDefender
11Joan CapdevilaDefender
19Diego Daniel ColottoDefender
4Víctor Sánchez MataMidfielder
10VerdúMidfielder
-WakasoMidfielder
8StuaniStriker
9Sergio GarcíaStriker
13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
2Felipe Mattioni RohdeDefender
7Raúl BaenaMidfielder
20SimãoMidfielder
8Cristian GómezMidfielder
41AlfonsoMidfielder
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
2MontoyaDefender
21AdrianoDefender
6XaviMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
7PedroStriker
20TelloStriker
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
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Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
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Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
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Barcelona
17 0