Barcelona vs Deportivo Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 9, 2013; Time: 7:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Camp Nou — Barcelona.
Struggling Blaugranas will try to get confidence ahead of Champions League game against Milan. The Catalan grand will be hoping to rehabilitate against bottom club at Camp Nou, after 2 straight defeats from Real Madrid.
Barcelona stands at the top of La Liga table with 68 points from 26 games, having 22 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses so far this season. Their present form has been very poor lately with 2 wins and 3 losses in their last five matches. Last five home games Blaugranas have finished with 3 wins, 1 draws and 1 defeat. Their best forward Lionel Messi has scored 39 goals in his 26 appearances. He managed a new La Liga record by scoring in 16 consecutive La Liga matches.
Deportivo La Coruna are 20th in the Spanish Primera Division with 17 points from 26 games. They have ; 3 wins, 8 draws and 15 losses so far this season. Their present form has seen 4 straight losses and 1 draw from last five games. Last five matches far away from home Deportivo have finished with the same stats. So, they are coming into this game without a win last ten away fixtures. Their best forward Riki scored 10 goals in his 26 appearances.
Barcelona winger Pedro is available for Saturday’s game after overcoming flu. Playmaker Xavi is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, while first choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes and central def Gerard Pique are banned. Assistant coach Jordi Roura probably will give rest to many of his key players ahead of Tuesday’s vital Champions League game against Milan.
Ze Castro, Kaka and Riki are all sidelined due to injuries for Deportivo. Carlos Marchena is suspended. Pablo Insua is expected alongside Aythami in the centre of defence.
Barcelona line-up: Pinto, M. Montoya, Puyol, J. Mascherano, Adriano, Thiago Alcântara, A. Song, Iniesta, A. Sánchez, L. Messi, David Villa.
Last three matches:
Real Madrid CF 2 – FC Barcelona 1;
FC Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid CF 3;
FC Barcelona 2 – Sevilla 1.
Deportivo line-up: Aranzubia, Sílvio, Aythami, Insua, Ayoze, Paulo Assunção, A. Aguilar, Bruno Gama, Valerón, Pizzi, Nélson Oliveira.
Last three matches:
Deportivo 0 – Rayo Vallecano 0;
Deportivo 1 – Real Madrid CF 2;
Sevilla 3 – Deportivo 1.