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  • 26 May 2013
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Espanyol-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana target third straight win over city rivals

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

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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


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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