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  • October 7, 2012
  • • 1:50 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 95000
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's side will be desperate to hand a first Liga defeat to its great rival as it braces for a highly-charged Clasico meeting in the Catalan capital



  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Sanchez

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

Barcelona will assess Gerard Pique's fitness ahead of Sunday's Primera Division showdown with Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

The Spain defender has not played for two weeks because of a foot injury but managed to train in the gym on Friday.

Carles Puyol (elbow) and Thiago Alcantara (knee) are ruled out, meaning converted midfielders Alex Song and Javier Mascherano are likely to resume their partnership in central defense.

Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria are set to return to the starting line-up for Real Madrid, which has no injury concerns.

The biggest selection dilemma for boss Jose Mourinho is likely to be over the playmaker role, with Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric, Kaka and Michael Essien all vying for a starting berth.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona is facing Real Madrid for the 222nd time in all competitions. The Catalans have 87 wins to Real's 88.
  • The Blaugrana have won their last six matches across all competitions since losing 2-1 to Madrid in the Supercopa.
  • Should Barca win on Sunday, it will represent its best ever start to a Liga campaign.
  • Alexis Sanchez (pictured right) is in line to make his 50th appearance for the Catalan outfit.
  • Real Madrid has lost three of its last five away matches in all competitions.
  • The Castilian giants have won just one of their last eight Liga encounters with Barcelona (W1, D1, L6).
  • Jose Mourinho's record against Barcelona with Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid is W6, D7, L10. The 10 defeats against Barca are the most against any club in Mourinho's managerial career.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals across all competitions this season, two more than Barca talisman Lionel Messi.

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Available Squads
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
17Alex SongMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker

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