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  • March 20, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
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Barcelona - Granada Preview: Pep Guardiola's side target sixth straight Liga win

With Real Madrid not in action until Wednesday away to Villarreal, the Catalan giants can put some pressure on the league leaders with victory over the Andalusian side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Alexis

GRANADA

Cesar
Nyom, Lopez, B Gomez, Siqueira
M Rico, Hurtado
A Gomez, Jara, Benitez
Uche

Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay has trained with his team-mates for the first time since rupturing knee ligaments in September, and may feature in Tuesday's Primera Division encounter against Granada at Camp Nou. Eric Abidal, despite his continuing health problems and the possibility that he will require a liver transplant, continues to train with his colleagues, but will not be considered for match action.

Alexis Sanchez and Carles Puyol were late substitutes in Saturday's win at Sevilla and could make returns to the starting line-up.

Granada will be without Carlos Martins after the midfielder was dismissed in the win over Sporting Gijon at the weekend, but Brazilian Henrique is available again after serving a one-match ban.

Roberto, Jaime Romero and Fran Rico are all doubts, while Pape Diakhate (hamstring) and Hassan Yebda (ruptured knee ligaments) are definitely out.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona are on a five-game winning streak in La Liga, outscoring their opponents 14-3 in those matches.
  • The Catalans are unbeaten in their last 31 home matches in La Liga and in their last 50 at Camp Nou in all competitions.
  • Barca are undefeated in their last 50 Liga matches in which Andres Iniesta (pictured right) has made an appearance.
  • Granada ended a run of three straight defeats with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon at the weekend.
  • The Andalusians have lost six of their last seven away matches in the league.
  • Granada have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
6XaviMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10MessiStriker
23CuencaStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5MuniesaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
7PedroStriker
37TelloStriker
13Júlio CésarGoalkeeper
5MainzDefender
15Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
9Borja GómezDefender
-David CortésDefender
11Dani BenítezMidfielder
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
17Carlos MartinsMidfielder
20Moisés HurtadoMidfielder
11IghaloStriker
11Franco JaraStriker
1José JuanGoalkeeper
2Allan NyomDefender
-Íñigo LópezDefender
23AbelMidfielder
-HenriqueStriker
15UcheStriker
9Alex GeijoStriker
Players to Watch
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The speedy Chilean has been an excellent addition to the Barcelona squad, but his proneness to injury has frustrated many at Camp Nou, none more than Guardiola. Aged just 23, and with already 45 international caps under his belt, there is no doubt that Sanchez can be a world beater if he can steer clear of injuries.
Íñigo López
Íñigo López
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Atletico Madrid B player has the unenviable task of preventing the hosts from scoring at Camp Nou. Needless to say, Lopez and the rest of the Granada rearguard need to play blinders if they are to keep Barca's much-vaunted attack at bay.
Prediction
Guardiola may have effectively surrendered the league title at the weekend, but he will be demanding his players to win every one of their remaining matches and hope Madrid have a couple of slip ups along the way. Granada secured an important victory over Sporting on Saturday but it will be nothing short of a miracle if they can contain, never mind topple, the Catalans at Camp Nou.
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