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Barcelona - Malaga Preview: Pellegrini's side aim to keep Champions League bid on track

Los Boquerones will be looking to consolidate their hold on the final qualification berth for Europe's elite club competition when they make the daunting trip to Camp Nou

By Karthick Arvinth

Liga BBVA: Málaga-Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Ignacio Camacho
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Pinto
Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Thiago, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

MALAGA

Kameni
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu
Recio, Camacho
Joaquin, Cazorla, Fernandez
Rondon

Javier Mascherano is a minor doubt for Wednesday's Primera Division encounter with Malaga, after the Argentine picked up a leg injury towards the end of Barcelona's 7-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Xavi and Gerard Pique are still out, so Thiago Alcantara is likely to retain his place in the starting XI, while Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas may earn recalls.

Jose Manuel Pinto looks set to continue in goal after boss Pep Guardiola opted to start the reserve goalkeeper at the weekend to give him some match experience ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

Malaga midfielder Enzo Maresca will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury sustained in Sunday's win over Valencia.

Left-back Nacho Monreal is a doubt with a groin strain, while Jeremy Toulalan, Joris Mathijsen, Willy Caballero and Julio Baptista are all sidelined. Midfielder Isco serves a one-match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona's 7-0 thumping of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday was the biggest away victory recorded by a Primera Division side this season.
  • The Catalans have scored 177 goals in all competitions this term, 25 more than in the whole of last season.
  • Lionel Messi's 43 Liga goals this campaign means both he and Cristiano Ronaldo (also 43) have surpassed the Real Madrid forward's league record of 40 set last season.
  • Malaga have won just two of their last 10 away matches in La Liga.
  • Los Boquerones have lost their last seven meetings with Barcelona by an aggregate score of 25-5.
  • Malaga have suffered defeats on their last nine visits to Barca. Their last victory at Camp Nou came way back in November 1999.


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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
23CuencaStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
20TelloStriker
1Carlos KameniGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
21Sergio SánchezDefender
6CamachoMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
23RondónStriker
27PortilloMidfielder
25RubénGoalkeeper
3WeligtonDefender
17MonrealDefender
17JoaquínMidfielder
45RecioMidfielder
22Ruud Van NistelrooyStriker
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
Players to Watch
Pedro
Pedro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
32 14 1 0
The Spaniard looked back to his best against Rayo, as he netted a double to take his tally to nine in all competitions this season. Having been overshadowed by the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Cristian Tello for large parts of the campaign, the 24-year-old will be eager to maintain his goalscoring form heading into the May 25 Copa final against Athletic.
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Malaga set up to play on the counter, the former Villarreal winger's pace will be key to getting behind the Blaugrana defence and offering support for lone striker Salomon Rondon. The Spain international is also an accomplished set-piece specialist and packs a powerful shot with either foot.
Prediction
Although the title race is as good as over, Barca will be keen to produce a convincing performance in front of their own fans after their Clasico debacle. Malaga have a three-point cushion over fifth-placed Levante, and, with a pivotal game against Atletico Madrid coming up on Sunday, the visitors may opt to conserve their energy for the weekend clash.
Editor's Prediction
Malaga 0
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0