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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 82978
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Barcelona - Celta Vigo Preview: Catalans look to maintain winning run

After trouncing Alaves 3-0 in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, the Blaugrana will be hoping to continue their near-perfect start to the season against Paco Herrera's side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

CELTA VIGO

Varas
Mallo, Oubina, Tunez, Lago
Lopez, Bustos
Fernandez, Bermejo, Krohn-Dehli
Aspas

Barcelona are once again without defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol for Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.

Pique, who was originally expected to be sidelined for three weeks after injuring his foot in September, has not yet fully recovered, while Puyol is not anticipated to return from his dislocated elbow until December at the earliest.

Boss Tito Vilanova will recall a number of players rested during the midweek Copa del Rey game against Alaves, with Alex Song likely to return to centre-back duty alongside Javier Mascherano.

Natxo Insa and Samuel are both out injured for Celta Vigo, while Gustavo Cabral is suspended after his red card in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

The Galicians will also make wholesale changes to their team after they rested almost their entire first XI for the midweek Copa del Rey defeat at Almeria.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalan giants have won their last four head-to-head meetings with Celta Vigo with an aggregate score of 9-3.
  • Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored five goals in his last six games across all competitions.
  • Celta Vigo have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • The Galician side have lost all their five away fixtures to date this season.
  • Celta's last win over Barcelona was a 1-0 home success in May 2004.

Players to watch

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 20

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The Argentine reached the 300-goal mark for Barcelona in last weekend's win at Rayo Vallecano and was also awarded the European Golden Shoe for finishing top of the continent's scoring charts in the previous season on Monday. Messi will hope to take advantage of a weakened Celta Vigo defence and extend his scoring run in La Liga, which has seen him net seven times in the last three matches.

M. Krohn-Dehli

Position: Midfielder

Games: 21

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The former Brondby midfielder was arguably Denmark's best performer at Euro 2012 as he scored twice in his country's short-lived campaign in Poland and Ukraine, including the winner against the Netherlands. A technically proficient winger with an eye for goal, Krohn-Dehli will look to get the better of Dani Alves and open his account for Celta in the imposing surroundings of Camp Nou.

Editor's Prediction

Celta Vigo had looked good value to take all three points in the Galician derby against Deportivo La Coruna despite playing the majority of the second half with 10 men. However, they have been highly inconsistent in recent weeks - as they proved in the midweek Copa del Rey defeat at Almeria - and could struggle to keep out the in-form hosts.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Celta de Vigo

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

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