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Primera División

  • November 29, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 75000
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano

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Pep Guardiola's men will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat to Getafe over the weekend when they face the Madrid club at Camp Nou


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


BARCELONA


Valdes
Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Villa



RAYO VALLECANO
 
Cobeno
Tito, Labaka, Jordi, Casado
Movilla, Fuego
Lass, Michu, Piti
Tamudo


Carles Puyol is expected to partner Gerard Pique in the center of defense after being rested during the 1-0 defeat to Getafe on Saturday, so Eric Abidal is likely to start at left back.

Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta have both returned to training and are in contention for starts against Rayo. Expect the former to be given the nod ahead of Thiago in midfield with Iniesta due to start the game on the substitutes bench.

After Alexis Sanchez struggled to impress over the weekend, Pep Guardiola could rotate his attack with Pedro given a start alongside Lionel Messi and David Villa, after returning from a knee problem.

For the visitors, Raul Tamudo could be given the lone frontman role in place of Andrija Delibasic who struggled in the 2-1 defeat to Valencia over the weekend. Elsewhere, Michel Labaka is expected to return to the center of defense in place of Javi Arribas.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona is currently six points behind fierce rivals Real Madrid and will be desperate for victory against Rayo.
  • The fixture has been brought forward as Pep Guardiola's men will be heading to Japan in December to take part in the Club World Cup.
  • Lionel Messi has grabbed 15 Liga goals this season, the same amount as the entire Rayo team combined.
  • Rayo Vallecano has had a successful return to La Liga so far, with Jose Ramon Sandoval's men currently ninth in the table.
  • The last time the two teams met in May 2003, Barcelona ran out 3-0 winners at Camp Nou.
  • The average age of Rayo's squad is 26.6 years old, compared to Barcelona's which is 24.5.

Players to watch

Fàbregas

Position: Midfielder

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Raúl Tamudo

Position: Attacker

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Rayo Vallecano

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Rayo Vallecano RAY
Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano
80%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
5 - 0
Rayo Vallecano RAY
FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
Rayo Vallecano RAY
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Rayo Vallecano RAY

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