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May 6, 2012 3:00 AM SGT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
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Barcelona – Espanyol Preview: Guardiola set for Camp Nou swan song

With both teams having nothing but local pride to play for, the focus will be on the Catalan coach, who will occupy the home dugout for the last time before he takes a sabbatical

By Karthick Arvinth

Carles Puyol - FC Barcelona
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Pinto
Montoya, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Thiago
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

ESPANYOL

Alvarez
Lopez, Rodriguez, Moreno, Didac
Baena, Gomez
Weiss, Verdu, Coutinho
Alvaro

Barcelona playmaker Xavi has returned to training after a calf problem and may be fit in time for Saturday’s encounter with city rivals Espanyol at Camp Nou.

Midfield duo Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara could be recalled to the starting XI after being rested on the bench for Wednesday’s win over Malaga, but Gerard Pique (concussion) and Alexis Sanchez (thigh) are unlikely to feature.

Jose Manuel Pinto is expected to continue in goal, while young defender Martin Montoya could be preferred to Dani Alves at right-back.

Espanyol will welcome back striker Kalu Uche, who missed Tuesday’s defeat at Granada with a knee problem, but Sergio Garcia (thigh) is a doubt, while right-back Felipe Mattioni and midfielder Juan Albin are both ruled out through injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • With their 4-1 victory over Malaga, Barcelona set a new club record for most goals scored in a single La Liga season (108), beating the previous record of 105 set in the 2008-09 campaign.
  • The Blaugrana will play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final in Madrid on May 25.
  • With his hat-trick against Malaga, Lionel Messi (pictured right) set a new European record for most goals scored in a top-flight season (68). The feat had previously been held by former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller, who had netted 67 times in the 1972-73 season.
  • Espanyol have won just one of their last eight matches in La Liga.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's men are on a nine-match winless run away from home in the league (D5, L4).
  • Espanyol’s last victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou was a 2-1 success in February 2009.


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13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
2MontoyaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Éric AbidalDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
15BartraDefender
6XaviMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
20TelloStriker
-Cristian AlvarezGoalkeeper
3Raúl RodríguezDefender
15Héctor MorenoDefender
16Javier López RodríguezDefender
6Juan Daniel ForlínDefender
12Dídac VilàDefender
7Raúl BaenaMidfielder
10VerdúMidfielder
40Vladimir WeissMidfielder
4Víctor Sánchez MataMidfielder
26ÁlvaroStriker
13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
2Jordi AmatDefender
10CoutinhoMidfielder
8Cristian GómezMidfielder
35RUI FonteStriker
-Kalu UcheStriker
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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Atl. Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0