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  • June 1, 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
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Barcelona-Malaga Preview: Catalan giants target 100-point haul

Barcelona-Malaga Preview: Catalan giants target 100-point haul

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The Blaugrana can equal Real Madrid's points record from last season if they beat the Andalusian outfit, who are playing their last game under Manuel Pellegrini


Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has no fresh fitness concerns heading into Saturday's Liga encounter against Malaga.

Captain Carles Puyol remains absent with a knee problem, while Lionel Messi is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.

Eric Abidal is set to make a farewell appearance after Barca announced they will not be renewing the Frenchman's contract into next season.

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis pulled his hamstring in training and is a doubt for the trip to Camp Nou.

Midfielder Manuel Iturra and goalkeeper Carlos Kameni are both likely to miss out with knee injuries.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona are on a four-game winning run in La Liga.
  • The Blaugrana have won their last 14 Liga matches at Camp Nou.
  • Alexis Sanchez (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Barca.
  • Malaga are on a five-match losing run away from home in all competitions.
  • The Andalusian side have lost 10 of their last 11 meetings with Barcelona.
  • Malaga's last away win over Barca came in November 1999.

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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
7PedroStriker
7David VillaStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Éric AbidalDefender
15BartraDefender
32Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
3WeligtonDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
6CamachoMidfielder
17JoaquínMidfielder
8Jérémy ToulalanMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
19Júlio BaptistaMidfielder
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
35PolGoalkeeper
-AntunesDefender
21Sergio SánchezDefender
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
77P. MoralesMidfielder
30Javier SaviolaStriker
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
27PortilloMidfielder
Players to Watch
Víctor Valdés
Víctor Valdés
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spain international is likely to play his last game for Barcelona on Saturday after announcing that he will not be renewing his current deal at Camp Nou, which runs out in 2014. Valdes holds the record for most appearances as a goalkeeper in Barca history and his expected departure in the summer will be a blow for the Catalan club.
Isco
Isco
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The highly-rated 21-year-old has been one of the stars of the season in Spain and has been linked with a summer move to several top European clubs. Isco will hope to carry over his club form into the Uefa Under-21 Championship in Israel next month.
Prediction
Malaga face a crucial summer as they hunt for a replacement for Manuel Pellegrini while warding off interest in their most exciting talent in Isco. Barcelona have recovered well after their crushing defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and should close out the season with a win.
Editor's Prediction
Malaga 1

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