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Primera División

  • 28 October 2012
  • • 01:30
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 15500
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Rayo Vallecano - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants aiming to tighten defence ahead of Vallecas visit

Rayo Vallecano - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants aiming to tighten defence ahead of Vallecas visit

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The Blaugrana have conceded eight goals in their last three Liga matches and will be hoping to shed their defensive frailties when they take on Paco Jemez's side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

RAYO VALLECANO

Ruben
Tito, Galvez, Amat, Casado
Fuego, Trashorras
Carlos, Baptistao, Piti
Dominguez
BARCELONA

Valdes
Adriano, Pique, Song, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro


Rayo Vallecano could be without Piti and David Cobeno for Saturday's Primera Division clash with Barcelona at Vallecas due to illness.

Jordi Amat and Nicki Bille return from injury, but centre-back Mikel Labaka is suspended after his red card in the defeat at Espanyol.

Barcelona are waiting to find out if they will have Javier Mascherano available after launching a second appeal against the Argentine's sending off during the 5-4 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Defenders Dani Alves (hamstring) and Gerard Pique (ankle) have returned to training and may feature, but captain Carles Puyol (elbow) and midfielder Thiago Alcantara (knee) are still out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rayo Vallecano have lost four of their last five matches in La Liga.
  • The Vallecas outfit got thrashed 7-0 in this corresponding fixture last season.
  • Rayo's last home win over Barcelona was a 1-0 success in December 2002.
  • Barcelona have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalan side have managed to keep just three clean sheets in their 13 competitive matches to date this term.
  • Barcelona have never lost a match in which Andres Iniesta (pictured, right) has scored.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
86%

Top 3 Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
0 - 8
FC Barcelona FCB
Rayo Vallecano RAY
1 - 4
FC Barcelona FCB
Rayo Vallecano RAY
0 - 4
FC Barcelona FCB

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