Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 17, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Camp Nou — Barcelona.
The Catalan grand will be looking for fifth straight win over Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona are full of confidence after fight back against Milan in the Champions League. The Blaugrana will be trying to make another step to the La Liga title against Paco Jemez’s team at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona stands at the top of La Liga table with 71 points from 27 games, having 23 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats so far this season. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five home matches the Blaugranas have finished with 4 wins and 1 defeat. They are on a nine-game winning run at Camp Nou in La Liga. The Catalan grant will face PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. Their best striker Lionel Messi has scored 13 goals in his last 11 appearances for Barca.
Rayo Vallecano goes 8th the Spanish Primera Division with 41 points from 27 games, winning 13, drawing 2 and losing 13 so far this season. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 draw. Last five away games Los Franjirrojos have finished with 1 win, 3 defeats and 1 draw. They are on a four-game winless run away from home.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out of football for two month. Xavi has a hamstring problem, while Victor Valdes will miss due to suspension. Marc Bartra is available after recovering a knee injury. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas and winger Alexis Sanchez could return to the starting line-up.
Rayo head coach Paco Jemez will play without banned trio Jose Manuel Casado, Javi Fuego and Leo Baptistao. Mikel Labaka has returned to trainings after an ankle injury. Defender Jordi Amat is available after one-match ban.
Barcelona line-up: Pinto,Dani Alves, Piqué, J. Mascherano, Adriano Correia, Thiago Alcântara, Busquets, Fàbregas, A. Sánchez, L. Messi, Iniesta.
Last three matches:
FC Barcelona 4 – AC Milan 0;
FC Barcelona 2 – Deportivo 0;
Real Madrid CF 2 – FC Barcelona 1.
Rayo Vallecano line-up: Rubén, Tito, Gálvez, Jordi Amat, Arbilla, Roberto Trashorras, Adrián, A. Bangoura, A. Domínguez, Piti, A. Delibašić.
Last three matches:
Rayo Vallecano 2 – Espanyol 0;
Deportivo 0 – Rayo Vallecano 0;
Rayo Vallecano 1 – Valladolid 2.