The Blaugrana name a strong team for their Copa del Rey clash against Segunda Division opposition, with their record-breaking Argentine leading the line in attackTito Vilanova has chosen to start with Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro upfront for Barcelona's Copa del Rey last-16 tie this evening, as they take on Cordoba at the Nuevo Arcangel.
Elsewhere in the team Pinto starts in goal, while Javier Mascherano slots in at centre-back alongside Gerard Pique. Thiago is chosen to play in a midfield three with Xavi and Alex Song.
Victor Valdes, Adriano and Andres Iniesta were all rested for tonight's fixture, while Cesc Fabregas misses out after picking up a thigh muscle injury during the club's win over Betis.
The home side start in a 4-4-2 formation, with Fede Vico partnering the Italian, Vincenzo Rennella, in attack.
Cordoba (4-4-2): Saizar; Fernandez, Gaspar, Aguilar, Fuentes; Pedro, Caballero, Garai, Dubarbier; Fede Vico, Rennella
Subs: Gomez, Garcia, Cristian, Petcoff, Ayina, Patino, Tena
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Song, Thiago; Pedro, Messi, Villa
Subs: Oier, Puyol, Montoya, Dos Santos, Busquets, Tello, Alexis