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  • May 19, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
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Barcelona-Real Valladolid Preview: Blaugrana set sights on 100-point haul

Barcelona-Real Valladolid Preview: Blaugrana set sights on 100-point haul

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The Catalan giants clinched the league title last weekend and could rack up a century of points in La Liga if they win their three remaining matches for the season


Barcelona's Lionel Messi is set to miss the rest of the season after aggravating a hamstring injury in the win over Atletico Madrid last weekend.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes is unlikely to be risked as he continues to nurse a foot problem, but Javier Mascherano could make his first appearance for the club in over a month after recovering from a knee injury.

Real Valladolid defender Antonio Rukavina is sidelined after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Coach Miroslav Dukic has no injury concerns for the Camp Nou clash.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions (W2, D1, L2).
  • The Catalan side will need to win their final three games of the campaign to equal Real Madrid's Liga record tally of 100 points set in last season.
  • Alexis Sanchez (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three Liga appearances for Barca.
  • Real Valladolid are on a five-match winless run away from home in La Liga, losing three.
  • The Pucela have lost their last six Liga encounters with Barcelona.
  • Valladolid's last win over Barca at Camp Nou came in November 1997.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
2MontoyaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
32Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker
-JaimeGoalkeeper
4Marc ValienteDefender
6Jesús RuedaMidfielder
17Carlos PeñaMidfielder
24BalenziagaDefender
-ÓscarMidfielder
11Daniel LarssonStriker
-OmarMidfielder
18Álvaro RubioMidfielder
-Víctor PérezMidfielder
-Javi GuerraStriker
22D. HernándezGoalkeeper
-SerenoDefender
8Javier Baraja VegasDefender
-SastreMidfielder
23Valdet RamaMidfielder
-BuenoStriker
26ManuchoStriker
Players to Watch
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Chilean striker had an underwhelming start to the campaign but has found form of late, having netted three times in his last three Liga appearances for Barcelona. Sanchez will hope to continue performing well as he strives to be a part of Tito Vilanova's plans for next season.
Javi Guerra
Javi Guerra
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 31-year-old has scored on his last three appearances for Real Valladolid, including the winner against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend that secured the club's top-flight status for next season. Guerra will look to add to his tally and close out the season on a high.
Prediction
Barca will be out to celebrate their title triumph in front of the home fans and should secure a straightforward win over Valladolid, who have already achieved their objective for the season.
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