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Primera División

  • September 22, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
  • • Attendance: 65834
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Barcelona - Granada Preview: Free-scoring Blaugrana aim to extend 100 per cent Liga record

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Tito Vilanova's side return to domestic action against the Andalusian outfit, following a hard-fought win over Spartak Moscow in their Champions League opener on Wednesday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Tello, Messi, Sanchez

GRANADA

Tono
Nyom, Lopez, Gomez, Siqueira
Iriney, M Rico
Torje, Orellana, El-Arabi
Floro Flores

Barcelona will be without Gerard Pique for Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Granada at Camp Nou.

The centre-back sprained his ankle in the Champions League win over Spartak Moscow and will join captain Carles Puyol (knee) and midfielder Andres Iniesta (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Alex Song is set to be drafted in as replacement for Pique, while Jordi Alba is expected to return after recovering from a bout of flu.

Granada strikers Antonio Floro Flores and Darwin Machis are both expected to be fit for the trip to Catalonia, despite sustaining knocks in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

Borja Gomez returns from suspension but Odion Ighalo, Fran Rico, Hassan Yebda, Manolo Lucena and Roberto are all out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won all their four matches in La Liga to date but have kept just one clean sheet.
  • A Lionel Messi hat-trick propelled the Catalan side to a 5-3 win in the corresponding fixture last season.
  • With his double against Spartak Moscow, Messi (pictured right) extended his Champions League tally to 53 goals. That total is only bettered by Andriy Shevchenko (59), Ruud van Nistelrooy (60) and Raul (71).
  • Granada are still searching for their first win of the season after two draws and two defeats in their four fixtures.
  • The Andalusian side have won just one of their last 11 matches away from home in La Liga (W1, D1, L9).
  • Granada have scored just one goal in their last six away games.

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12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10MessiStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
6XaviMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
7PedroStriker
37TelloStriker
-ToñoGoalkeeper
2Allan NyomDefender
15Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
2Íñigo LópezDefender
9Borja GómezDefender
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
14Fabián OrellanaStriker
-IrineyMidfielder
20Yacine BrahimiMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
13RobertoGoalkeeper
5MainzDefender
23Jaime RomeroMidfielder
-Juanma OrtizMidfielder
20Moisés HurtadoMidfielder
15Youssef El ArabiStriker
-Darwin MachísStriker
Players to Watch
Tello
Tello
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 37
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young starlet marked his first ever Champions League start with a man of the match performance, which included his first goal for the senior side in six months. Tello played so well that it would probably be harsh if tito Vilanova relegated him to the bench on Saturday.
Antonio Floro Flores
Antonio Floro Flores
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 83
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Italian forward finally opened his account for Granada with a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna last weekend. Antonio Floro Flores will look to capitalise on any uncertainty in the home side's makeshift defence and lift the Andalusian side out of their slump.
Prediction
Barcelona have clicked into gear splendidly since losing the Super Cup to Real Madrid, while for Granada it has been anything but plain sailing. This has a banker home win written all over it.
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