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Primera División

  • April 30, 2012
  • • 03:30
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 10000
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Rayo Vallecano - Barcelona Preview: Catalans aim to keep slim title hopes alive with victory at Vallecas

Rayo Vallecano - Barcelona Preview: Catalans aim to keep slim title hopes alive with victory at Vallecas

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Pep Guardiola's side look to return to winning ways after a disastrous week, which has seen them lose the Clasico and suffer elimination in the Champions League against Chelsea

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

RAYO VALLECANO

Joel
Tito, Arribas, Bravo, Pulido
Movilla, Trashorras
Bangoura, Michu, Michel
Tamudo
BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Thiago, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Sanchez


Rayo Vallecano are missing a host of players for Sunday's Primera Division encounter with Barcelona at Vallecas.

Emiliano Armenteros, Sueliton, Piti and Javi Fuego are all out through injury, but defenders Raul Bravo and Rober have shaken off muscle problems and are fit to play.

Mikel Labaka and Jose Manuel Casado are both suspended following their dismissals during last Saturday's defeat at Sporting Gijon.

Barcelona playmaker Xavi has been ruled out for more than two weeks with a calf problem, so Thiago Alcantara may get a recall to the starting XI.

Defender Gerard Pique is also sidelined with a head injury picked up in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rayo Vallecano have lost six of their last seven matches in La Liga.
  • The Castilian side have avoided defeat in their last four meetings with Barcelona at Vallecas (W2, D2).
  • Only Sporting Gijon (64) have conceded more goals in La Liga this term than Rayo (60).
  • Barcelona's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid last weekend brought to an end a 11-game winning streak in La Liga.
  • Defeats by Chelsea and Madrid consigned the Catalans to their first back-to-back losses since May 2009.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured right) has scored 63 goals this season, four shy of Gerd Muller's European record for Bayern Munich in 1972-73.

Players to watch

Michu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 15

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona

Wins
0
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5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
28%
65%

Top 3 Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
0 - 8
FC Barcelona FCB
Rayo Vallecano RAY
8 - 0
FC Barcelona FCB
Rayo Vallecano RAY
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB

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