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August 28, 2013 10:00 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
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Barcelona - Atletico Madrid preview: Messi a doubt as Villa makes Camp Nou return

The Spain star is set to lead the line for the Rojiblancos in Catalonia as Neymar looks for his first competitive start with his Argentine team-mate still recovering from injury

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Barcelona hold a slender advantage as they prepare to host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana on Wednesday.

The Catalan club lead the tie by virtue of away goals after earning a 1-1 draw in Madrid, as Neymar's 66th-minute header cancelled out David Villa's impressive volleyed opener at the Vicente Calderon.

For that reason, Gerardo Martino's side go into the return fixture as slight favourites to seal an 11th Supercopa success in their fifth consecutive appearance in the competition.

Atletico, meanwhile, have only won the Supercopa on one occasion in their history - at the start of the 1984-85 season - and have finished as runners-up three times since.

Barcelona have several injury concerns ahead of the game at Camp Nou, with Adriano (hamstring) a doubt, while Ibrahim Afellay (thigh), Isaac Cuenca (knee) and Carles Puyol (knee) are all still out.

Lionel Messi, who is the all-time top scorer in the Supercopa with 10 goals, could also miss out after failing to feature in Sunday's nervy 1-0 victory against Malaga due to a thigh problem, although he has returned to training.

Atletico have no such worries, and come into the game full of confidence after a crushing 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last weekend.

Diego Costa netted his second and third goals of the new league season in that fixture, with the Brazilian looking in ominous form for Diego Simeone's side.

With Barcelona's away goal seeing them in the lead, Atletico will likely need to pull off their first win at Camp Nou since the 2005-06 campaign if they are to emerge with the trophy.



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1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10MessiStriker
11NeymarStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
2MontoyaDefender
15BartraDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
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20TelloStriker
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2Diego GodínDefender
3Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
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Atl. Madrid
1 0
Neymar Neymar
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Barcelona
1 0