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  • December 1, 2012
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao

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Tito Vilanova's side has matched the best-ever start to a domestic campaign and could go one better with a win over the struggling Basque visitors.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Iraizoz
De Marcos, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Herrera, Iturraspe, Muniain
Susaeta, Aduriz, Gomez


Barcelona defender Dani Alves will miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Athletic Bilbao with a hamstring injury. Alexis Sanchez, Marc Bartra and Isaac Cuenca all remain sidelined, while Adriano (illness) is a doubt.

Athletic Bilbao is set to be without right back Andoni Iraola, who suffered a muscle injury during training.

Coach Marcelo Bielsa will make wholesale changes to the side that beat Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the rearranged Europa League match on Wednesday.

Midfielder Carlos Gurpegui is still out but striker Aritz Aduriz returns after a one-match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona has won 10 of its last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalans will make the best-ever start in the Spanish league's 113-year history with a win over Athletic Bilbao, topping Real Madrid's record set in 1991-92.
  • David Villa (pictured, right) scored his 300th career goal in the 3-1 Copa del Rey win over Alaves.
  • With a hat trick, Lionel Messi would equal Gerd Muller's total of 85 goals in a calendar year.
  • Athletic Bilbao has won just four of its last 16 matches in all competitions (4-7-5).
  • Los Leones have lost five of their last seven meetings with Barcelona, including last season's Copa del Rey final.
  • Athletic's last Liga win over Barca was a 3-1 home success in May 2006.

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12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
37TelloStriker
1IraizozGoalkeeper
3AurtenetxeDefender
35AmorebietaDefender
32Borja EkizaDefender
-RamalhoDefender
8IturraspeMidfielder
14SusaetaMidfielder
21Ander HerreraMidfielder
10Óscar De MarcosMidfielder
11Ibai GómezStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
13RaúlGoalkeeper
6Mikel San José DomínguezDefender
-Xabi CastilloDefender
26Igor Martínez CaserasMidfielder
5Erik MoránMidfielder
2ToqueroStriker
14Fernando Llorente Striker

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