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May 2, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Javier Turienzo Álvarez‎
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14′ Carles Puyol
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Malaga

Los Boquerones will be looking to consolidate their hold on the final qualification berth for Europe's elite club competition when they make the daunting trip to Camp Nou.

By Karthick Arvinth

Liga BBVA: Málaga-Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Ignacio Camacho
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Pinto
Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Thiago, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

MALAGA

Kameni
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu
Recio, Camacho
Joaquin, Cazorla, Fernandez
Rondon

Javier Mascherano is a minor doubt for Wednesday's Primera Division encounter with Malaga, after the Argentine picked up a leg injury towards the end of Barcelona's 7-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Xavi and Gerard Pique are still out, so Thiago Alcantara is likely to retain his place in the starting XI. Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas may earn recalls.

Jose Manuel Pinto looks set to continue in goal after boss Pep Guardiola opted to start the reserve goalkeeper at the weekend to give him some match experience ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

Malaga midfielder Enzo Maresca will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury sustained in Sunday's win over Valencia.

Left back Nacho Monreal is a doubt with a groin strain. Jeremy Toulalan, Joris Mathijsen, Willy Caballero and Julio Baptista are all sidelined. Midfielder Isco serves a one-match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona's 7-0 thumping of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday was the biggest away victory recorded by a Primera Division side this season.
  • The Catalans have scored 177 goals in all competitions this term, 25 more than in the whole of last season.
  • Lionel Messi's 43 Liga goals this campaign means both he and Cristiano Ronaldo (also 43) have surpassed the Real Madrid forward's league record of 40 set last season.
  • Malaga has won just two of its last 10 away matches in La Liga.
  • Los Boquerones have lost their last seven meetings with Barcelona by an aggregate score of 25-5.
  • Malaga has suffered defeats on its last nine visits to Barca. Its last victory at Camp Nou came way back in November 1999.


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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
23CuencaStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
20TelloStriker
1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
21Sergio SánchezDefender
6CamachoMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
23RondónStriker
27PortilloMidfielder
25RubénGoalkeeper
3WeligtonDefender
17MonrealDefender
17JoaquínMidfielder
45RecioMidfielder
22Ruud Van NistelrooyStriker
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
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