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Puyol fails to make bench as Fontas starts at the back for Blaugrana

Andreu Fontas has been given his first start for Barcelona this season as they take on local rivals Espanyol at Camp Nou.

The young stopper has featured twice as a substitute in La Liga this term, but with Carles Puyol failing to make the bench, Fontas slots in to the back line.

Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro all start up front as Pep Guardiola hopes to wrap up the title as soon as he can.

Barcelona 4-3-3: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Fontas; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa, Pedro

Subs: Pinto, Keita, Afellay, Abidal, Jeffren, Bartra, Thiago.

Espanyol 4-2-3-1:
Kameni; Galan, Jordi Amat, Raul Rodriguez, Chica; Verdu, Javi Marquez; Javi Lopez, Ivan Alonso, Jose Callejon; Osvaldo.

Subs: Alvarez, Canal, Fonte, Lopez, Isaias, Garcia, Alvaro.

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