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January 16, 2013 11:30 PM EAT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ José González‎
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Barcelona - Malaga Preview: Pair face-off for second time in four days

The two sides met on Sunday, with the Catalans running out 3-1 winners, and Manuel Pellegrini's men will hope to make amends on Wednesday

By Alec Fenn

Lionel Messi - Málaga v FC Barcelona
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta

MALAGA

Caballero
Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal
Toulalan, Camacho
Joaquin, Isco, Eliseu
Santa Cruz

There will be cases of deja-vu all round when Barcelona and Malaga face one another for the second time in four days on Wednesday evening.

The two sides clashed at La Rosaleda in La Liga on Sunday, with the Catalans running out 3-1 winners, and the first-leg of the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey will give Manuel Pellegrini's side the opportunity to seek revenge.

On the surface, the Blaugrana's weekend success was another comfortable victory, but the Andalusians did enough to suggest they could trouble Tito Vilanova's side at Camp Nou and that should make for an intriguing encounter.

Both sides are able to boast clean bills of health and may opt to field the same line-ups that took to the field on Sunday, as Barca look to continue their 100 per cent start to 2013.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Goals from Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara sealed Barcelona's 3-1 win over Malaga on Sunday.
  • The Catalans have scored 15 goals in their first four games of 2013.
  • The Blaugrana are the current holders of the Copa del Rey, having beaten Athletic Bilbao 4-1 in last season's final.
  • Tito Vilanova returned to the dug-out on Sunday after missing the 5-0 win over Cordoba because of a medical appointment in New York, in relation to his recent cancer relapse.
  • Malaga began the season in financial and ownership turmoil, but have since gone on to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, as well as sitting fifth in La Liga.
  • The Andalusians were beaten 4-1 by Barca on their last trip to Camp Nou in May 2012.


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