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  • March 31, 2012
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  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao

Dani Alves - Barcelona

After its heavyweight tussle with AC Milan in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola's side return to domestic action with a home encounter against the talented Basques.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Puyol
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Iraizoz
Iraola, Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
De Marcos, Iturraspe, Herrera

 Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could rest some of his stars with an eye on Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal decider against AC Milan when Athletic Bilbao visit Camp Nou on Saturday.

Adriano is still sidelined with a muscle injury for the Catalans, although fellow Brazilian Dani Alves is back from domestic suspension.

Thiago is available after the Spanish Football Federation overturned the second yellow card received by the midfielder against Mallorca. Long-term absentee Ibrahim Afellay has returned to training and has a chance of making the bench.

Mikel San Jose is back from suspension for Athletic Bilbao, who have a full squad to choose from for the trip to the Catalan capital.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona is on a seven-game winning streak in La Liga, outscoring its opponents 21-6 in those matches.
  • The Catalans are unbeaten in their last 32 home matches in La Liga and in their last 51 at Camp Nou in all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured right) has netted 18 goals in his last nine games for Barca.
  • Athletic Bilbao is on a four-game winless run in La Liga (D1, L3).
  • Los Leones have won just two of their last 11 Liga matches away from home.
  • Athletic's last victory at Camp Nou was a 2-1 success way back in November 2001.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
21AdrianoDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
37TelloStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6XaviMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
7PedroStriker
23CuencaStriker
1IraizozGoalkeeper
3AurtenetxeDefender
15Andoni IraolaDefender
32Borja EkizaDefender
8IturraspeMidfielder
14SusaetaMidfielder
3Íñigo PérezMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
2ToqueroStriker
10Óscar De MarcosMidfielder
11Ibai GómezStriker
13Raúl Fernández MateosGoalkeeper
35AmorebietaDefender
6Mikel San José DomínguezDefender
-RamalhoDefender
21Ander HerreraMidfielder
14Fernando Llorente Striker
19MuniainStriker

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