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November 17, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Miguel Ayza‎
Attendance:‬ 73428‎
 
16′ Messi
Montañés 24′
28′ Alex Song
 
60′ Messi
 

Barcelona - Zaragoza Preview: Catalan giants target ninth straight win over Blanquillos

Tito Vilanova's charges will be keen to stretch their lead over Atletico Madrid at top of the Primera Division when they host the Aragonese outfit on Saturday evening

By Karthick Arvinth

Carley Puyol, Cesc Fabregas - FC Barcelona, Real Sociedad
Carley Puyol, Cesc Fabregas - FC Barcelona, Real Sociedad
  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Song, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa

ZARAGOZA

Roberto
Zuculini, Loovens, Alvaro, Paredes
Movilla, Romaric
Rodriguez, Apono, Montanes
Postiga

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez picked up an ankle injury while on international duty with Chile and will miss the clash with Zaragoza at Camp Nou.

But club captain Carles Puyol has made a full recovery from the dislocated elbow he suffered in October and could start alongside Gerard Pique in central defence.

Alex Song (back) and Adriano (hamstring) are both doubtful to feature, while Sergio Busquets is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, will be without defenders Cristian Sapunaru and Abraham through suspension.

Maurizio Lanzaro and Ivan Obradovic are still out injured, but midfielder Jose Mari could return from a knee problem.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona are on a four-match winning run in La Liga and are the only team to remain unbeaten in the league this season.
  • The Catalans are on an 11-match unbeaten run at Camp Nou in all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) needs seven more goals to overtake Cesar Rodriguez (190 goals) as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in La Liga.
  • Zaragoza have won four of their last five matches across all competitions.
  • Los Blanquillos have lost their last eight Liga encounters with Barcelona.
  • Zaragoza's last win over Barca at Camp Nou came in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg in February 2007.


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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
15BartraDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
12Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
20TelloStriker
12RobertoGoalkeeper
3ParedesDefender
32ÁlvaroDefender
-GoniDefender
7MovillaMidfielder
10ApoñoMidfielder
-MontañésMidfielder
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
22A. PintérMidfielder
9Carlos ArandaStriker
-Víctor RodríguezStriker
25Leo FrancoGoalkeeper
-LitriDefender
8Edu OriolMidfielder
-RomaricMidfielder
15Stefan BabovicMidfielder
-Lucas WilchezMidfielder
23Hélder PostigaStriker
Players to Watch
Messi
Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
26 25 1 0
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner was not at his best as Argentina limped to a goalless draw against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The 25-year-old will look to put his midweek disappointment behind him and concentrate on increasing his goal tally of 76 in all competitions for the calendar year against Zaragoza.
Hélder Postiga
Hélder Postiga
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Portugal international is in a purple patch of form, having netted five goals in as many games for club and country. Postiga's movement in and around the penalty box could pose problems for Gerard Pique and the returning Carles Puyol.
Prediction
Having let in nine goals in their last five Liga matches, Barcelona will hope the return of Puyol can stem the flow of goals conceded. Zaragoza have kicked on from last season under Manolo Jimenez, but the history books are not on their side ahead of this Saturday evening clash.
Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0