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.
Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Puyol
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro
Iraola, Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
De Marcos, Iturraspe, Herrera
Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain
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.
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- 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.