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  • March 5, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Zaragoza

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Zaragoza


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Barcelona: Pinto; Maxwell, Abidal, Pique, Alves; Iniesta, Busquets, Keita; Pedro, Villa, Messi

Barcelona


Zaragoza: Doblas; Contini, Jarosik, Obradovic, Lanzaro; Ponzio, Gabi, Boutahar, Bertolo; Uche, Sinama-Pongolle

Zaragoza




DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • These two sides have met 56 times in Barcelona, and Zaragoza have only been able to win twice, both meetings finishing 1-0 in their favour.
  • The last of these victories was a staggering 46 years ago.
  • Zaragoza have achieved a single away win this season, at 19th placed Malaga.
  • In sharp contrast, Barcelona have won 11 of their 13 home games so far this season, losing one and drawing one.
  • Zaragoza can draw hope from the fact that Barcelona's one home defeat was to Hercules, a side below Zaragoza in the table.
  • Lionel Messi has scored in his last three appearances at the Nou Camp, and boasts a great scoring record against Zaragoza, scoring five times against them in his last two outings.
  • Pep Guardiola may not be available to sit on the sidelines for Barcelona. After suffering pain in recent days, the club announced on Thursday that the tactician has been diagnosed with a herniated disc.


LAST MEETING

 

  October 23rd, 2010: Zaragoza 0 - 2 Barcelona

Barcelona were able to walk away with the three points, thanks to a brace from Lionel Messi, with the Argentine netting a goal in either half.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
15Gabriel MilitoDefender
3PiquéDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Éric AbidalDefender
5BusquetsMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
20Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
21AdrianoDefender
1Toni DoblasGoalkeeper
24Ivan ObradovicDefender
14DarabantexDefender
6Maurizio LanzaroDefender
20Jiri JarosikMidfielder
2C. DiogoDefender
8Nicolás BertoloMidfielder
8Guirane N'DawMidfielder
22A. PintérMidfielder
21Ander HerreraMidfielder
14Florent Sinama-PongolleStriker
3ParedesDefender
-Jorge LópezMidfielder
15UcheStriker
-M. PérezStriker
-EdmilsonMidfielder
29KevinMidfielder
Players to Watch
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
With Xavi likely to be rested, following an injury and ahead of Barcelona's crucial Champion's League match with Arsenal, Iniesta will be responsible to keep Barcelona ticking over.
Uche
Uche
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 1 0
Having only recently returned from injury, Uche grabbed a goal in Zaragoza's surprise victory over Athletic Bilbao, and will likely be Barcelona's biggest threat.
Prediction
Barcelona are in amazing form, and Zaragoza are a side that they always enjoy playing against. Barcelona's fans can probably look forward to a big win.
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