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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña (La Coruña)
  • Referee: José Luis Paradas Romero
  • • Attendance: 34600
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Deportivo La Coruna - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana look to extend unbeaten run in Galicia

Deportivo La Coruna - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana look to extend unbeaten run in Galicia

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The Catalan giants return to action after the international break with a long trip to the north-west coast to take on Jose Luis Oltra's struggling side at the Riazor

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA

Aranzubia
Laure, Ze Castro, Marchena, Evaldo
Aguilar, Bergantinos
Gama, Valeron, Pizzi
Riki
BARCELONA

Valdes
Montoya, Song, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa


Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Abel Aguilar has recovered from an ankle sprain suffered in training and will start Saturday's Primera Division clash with Barcelona.

But Manuel Pablo (hamstring) and Rodolfo Bodipo (back) are both likely to remain on the sidelines.

Carles Puyol, Dani Alves and Thiago Alcantara are all out injured for Barcelona, while Gerard Pique has recovered from his foot problem but is unlikely to be risked from the outset.

Alex Song could return to centre-back duty alongside Javier Mascherano, with Martin Montoya filling in at right-back.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Deportivo La Coruna are on a six-match winless run in La Liga (D3, L3).
  • The Galician outfit have lost three of their last four meetings with Barcelona.
  • Deportivo's last home victory over Barca was a 2-0 success in April 2008.
  • Barcelona are on a 11-match unbeaten streak in La Liga (W9, D2).
  • The Blaugrana have kept just three clean sheets in their 11 official games to date this season.
  • Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three matches for Barca in all competitions.

Players to watch

Valerón

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The veteran playmaker's experience and intelligence will be key to Deportivo's chances of getting a result against the league leaders. A technically-gifted footballer, Valeron will look to send through balls to Riki, but his main role is to spread the ball to the two wingers, Pizzi and Bruno Gama.

David Villa

Position: Attacker

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Villa has struggled to establish himself in the first-team since returning from his lengthy injury lay-off in August. But he may finally get another chance to impress against Deportivo, against whom he has netted 11 goals in 14 matches, including his Valencia and Real Zaragoza days.

Editor's Prediction

Barcelona have not looked entirely convincing away from home in La Liga this season, but this is a game they should take comfortably. Deportivo desperately need a win to kick start their season, but they may opt to conserve their energy for next weekend's Galician derby against Celta Vigo.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Deportivo La Coruña

Barcelona

Wins
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4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña DEP
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
18%
79%

Top 3 Predictions

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FC Barcelona FCB
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña DEP
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña DEP
1 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB

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