Barcelona - Zaragoza Preview: Catalan giants target ninth straight win over Blanquillos

Tito Vilanova's charges will be keen to stretch their lead over Atletico Madrid at top of the Primera Division when they host the Aragonese outfit on Saturday evening


Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Song, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa


Zuculini, Loovens, Alvaro, Paredes
Movilla, Romaric
Rodriguez, Apono, Montanes

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez picked up an ankle injury while on international duty with Chile and will miss the clash with Zaragoza at Camp Nou.

But club captain Carles Puyol has made a full recovery from the dislocated elbow he suffered in October and could start alongside Gerard Pique in central defence.

Alex Song (back) and Adriano (hamstring) are both doubtful to feature, while Sergio Busquets is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, will be without defenders Cristian Sapunaru and Abraham through suspension.

Maurizio Lanzaro and Ivan Obradovic are still out injured, but midfielder Jose Mari could return from a knee problem.

  • Barcelona are on a four-match winning run in La Liga and are the only team to remain unbeaten in the league this season.
  • The Catalans are on an 11-match unbeaten run at Camp Nou in all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured right) needs seven more goals to overtake Cesar Rodriguez (190 goals) as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in La Liga.
  • Zaragoza have won four of their last five matches across all competitions.
  • Los Blanquillos have lost their last eight Liga encounters with Barcelona.
  • Zaragoza's last win over Barca at Camp Nou came in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg in February 2007.