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  • May 26, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 27578
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Espanyol-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana target third straight win over city rivals

Espanyol-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana target third straight win over city rivals

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Tito Vilanova's side will look to move closer to Real Madrid's record tally of 100 points from last season when they travel to the Cornella-El Prat on Sunday


Espanyol duo Hector Moreno and Christian Stuani are both carrying thigh injuries and are doubtful to feature in the 158th Catalan derby against Barcelona.

Midfielder Sergio Tejera is suspended but defenders Joan Capdevila and Joan Forlin both return after serving bans.

Meanwhile, Espanyol announced young defender Victor Alvarez successfully underwent surgery on Thursday to correct a minor heart defect.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will not be available as he is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.

Defenders Dani Alves (thigh) and Adriano (back) are expected to be available after missing the win over Real Valladolid, but Carles Puyol (knee) remains sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Espanyol are on a four-match winless run in La Liga, losing three.
  • Los Periquitos have lost four of their last five meetings with Barcelona.
  • Simao (pictured, right) made 69 appearances for Barca between 1999 and 2001, scoring four goals.
  • Barcelona have only won two of their last eight away matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L3).
  • The Catalan giants must win their last two games to equal Real Madrid's record tally of 100 points from last season.
  • Barca's last away defeat to Espanyol came in January 2007.

Players to watch

Simão

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The veteran winger could start against his former club in place of Christian Stuani, who is struggling with a thigh injury. Simao will look add to his three Liga goals for the season and fire Espanyol to a famous victory over their crosstown rivals, especially against a defence short of confidence of late.

A. Sánchez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Chilean forward revealed this week that he will be staying at Camp Nou for another season despite having struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot at the club. Alexis will be keen to add more goals to his game - after netting just seven in 27 appearances this season - and establish himself more firmly in the side, and a strong showing in the derby will go a long way to doing just that.

Editor's Prediction

The 158th Catalan derby has nothing riding on it but local pride, with Barcelona having wrapped up the Liga title and Espanyol having secured their top-flight status for next season. The visitors are in a decent run of form having won their last three Liga matches, but the Cornella-El Prat can be an intimidating place to visit and the hosts will be eager for some end-of-season bragging rights.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Espanyol

Barcelona

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol Espanyol
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
18%
77%

Top 3 Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 2
FC Barcelona FCB

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