Real Valladolid - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana seek 10th successive Liga win
Jordi Roura will lead the Catalans as stand-in coach in the absence of Tito Vilanova, who is recovering from Thursday's operation to remove a tumour from his parotid gland
By Karthick Arvinth
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Real Valladolid midfielder Alvaro Rubio is struggling with a muscle problem and could miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla.
Pucela boss Miroslav Djukic could stick with the same side that played out a goalless draw at Deportivo La Coruna on Monday.
Barcelona will again be without Cesc Fabregas, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury.
But defender Eric Abidal has returned to training for the first time since he needed a liver transplant in April and could return to first-team action in January.
Meanwhile, Barca announced on Thursday that Tito Vilanova's operation on his parotid gland had gone successfully.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Valladolid have won just two of their last six matches in La Liga.
- The Pucela have lost their last five Liga encounters with Barcelona.
- Valladolid's last home win over Barca was a 2-1 success in October 2002.
- Barcelona are on a nine-match winning run in La Liga and are the only team with a 100 per cent record away from home this season.
- The Catalan giants will face Serie A outfit AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 on February 20 and March 12.
- Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has netted 11 goals in his last five Liga outings for Barca.
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Top 3 Predictions
Valladolid 0-3 Barcelona
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Valladolid 0-4 Barcelona
- 10.65 %
Valladolid 1-3 Barcelona
- 10.41 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 5, 2013||Barcelona 4 - Valladolid 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 19, 2013||Barcelona 2 - Valladolid 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 22, 2012||Valladolid 1 - Barcelona 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 16, 2010||Barcelona 4 - Valladolid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 23, 2010||Valladolid 0 - Barcelona 3|
|Dec 19, 2013||Rayo Vallecano 3 - Valladolid 1||ESPC|
|Dec 16, 2013||Valladolid 3 - Celta 0||LIGA|
|Dec 6, 2013||Valladolid 0 - Rayo Vallecano 0||ESPC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|Nov 22, 2013||Valladolid 0 - Osasuna 1||LIGA|
|8||Javier Baraja Vegas||Defender|
|-||Juan Angel Neira||Striker|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|12||Jonathan Dos Santos||Midfielder|
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