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Albacete Balompié VS Barcelona B
12.12.2010 16:00 GMT

Barcelona B line-up:
Masip (my bb!!!) - Montoya Bartra Fontas Muniesa - Riverola Romeu S.Roberto - Tello J.Soriano Nolito
Bench Barcelona B: Mino, Armando, Ilie, Dos santos, Victor Vazquez, Edu Oriol, Saul


Barcelona VS Real Sociedad
12.12.2010 20:00 GMT

Barcelona line-up: Valdes - Alves Puyol Abidal Maxwell - Xavi Mascherano Iniesta - Pedro Messi Villa

Bench Barcelona: Pinto, Adriano, Pique, Busquets, Keita, Thiago, Bojan

FYI: Pedro is an angel, bishes. Pep said so. (via barcastuff)
PS: Gerard Pique is our favorite troll on Twatter. LOL Oooooooohhhhh!!! (via everyone on Twatter)

Barça Atlétic v Orihuela

While most of us are caught up in the Barça-Sevilla match tonight, we're forgetting that tomorrow is the final round of Segunda B!

Atlétic face seventh-place (and Copa del Rey contenders) Orihuela at Los Arcos at 18.00. Atlétic have already secured a place in the play-off round for promotion, but are in second place five points behind Sant Andreu. They will close out the regular season as the runners-up whether or not they win on Sunday. Not bad considering the squad's shaky start and injury plague.

Defenders Marc Muniesa and Andreu Fontàs are out injured for four weeks and three months respectively, and midfielder Jonathan dos Santos isn't expected to return for another week. Muniesa has already been out for four with a hamstring tear, Fontàs was injured in training and had surgery this week, and dos Santos has a minor hamstring strain he suffered two weeks ago. Marc Bartra, Oriol Romeu, and Armando Lozano were injured for last week's win against València Mestalla, and only Armando may be cleared to play.

Jonathan Soriano remains the squad's top scorer with 18 goals, and is expected to start. Luis Enrique faces a challenge in choosing the rest of the starting eleven, especially his back line and keeper. Oier and Masip have both been playing well on somewhat of a rotation, with Masip playing against Mestalla.

Bona sort i Visca Barça!

El Clasico: coming right up!

Quote of the day:

"We will not beat Madrid 6-0, or 5-0, I can assure you of that. We've already won the media game 6-0. Brilliant. But the real game starts on Saturday at 10." - Pep Guardiola

Video of the day:

Barcelona's last win at Camp Nou in 2004, the game which many saw as a turning point for both Barca and Real - Barca on their way to dominance and Real, to decline. So it proved.

+ Surprise! Andres Iniesta is back in full training and may even be fit enough to be on the bench. It's a very slim chance, but I wouldn't rule it out completely.

On Real's side, Sneijder has been included in their squad, but may not be fit enough to feature. So the final list of probably absences for Real looks like this:

Injured: Van Nistelrooy, Diarra, De la Red, Heinze, Sneijder, Miguel Torres, Pepe
Suspended: Robben, Marcelo

+ There are outlandish rumours that Juande Ramos will play 5 defenders. Which isn't a very Real Madrid thing to do, is it?

+ Marca appears to suggest that Sergio Ramos will be the one with the fun, fun task of marking Leo Messi. (You'll notice that they're assuming that Messi will play on the right, which with Pep isn't exactly a certainty.)

+ Former players Mark van Bommel, Juliano Belletti, and Gio van Bronckhorst on El Clasico.

Soapbox time: form means nothing in this game. It's not going to be easy, no matter what it seems like. Personally, I agree with Xavi and co.: getting the 3 points is the most importance consideration here.

Please join us here for the live freak-out reaction post, Saturday 10PM local time. I'll be freaking out at work by myself, desperate to know the result. Pity me. *g*

Visca el Barca!

El Clasico countdown: 2 days!

Quote of the day:

"The noise was deafening. My ears were ringing at the end. It was louder even than when I went to Celtic Park with Liverpool." - Michael Owen, after his first Clasico at Camp Nou.

Video of the day:

The last really satisfying victory for Barca against Real, back in 2005 with Ronaldinho in full flight, Samuel Eto'o at his best and Leo Messi beginning to show his promise:

+ Absentees update: it now appears that Sneijder, who had hoped to be fit for the game, will not be. On the Barca side, Aleks is back in training after overcoming his fever.

+ Rafa speaks about the importance of getting the 3 points above anything else.

+ The latest on tactical preparations: Real didn't let Guardiola's assistants film their game against Zenit (because of TV rights rather than any sinister reason) so they're going to go on the TV broadcast, as well as footage of Ramos' games against Barca while he was Sevilla manager and a couple while he was at Spurs. While Ramos' appointment has undoubtedly disturbed preparations, Pep and co are dealing with it as well as they can, and in the end, the most important thing will be to get their own players in the right shape.

El Clasico countdown: 3 days!

Quote of the day:

Q: Are you especially motivated to play against Real Madrid at Camp Nou?
Leo Messi: Well, it's a special match because it's Real Madrid. But, basically, it's just the usual: two teams, eleven players...

Video of the day:

Leo said that in an interview days before this game, the most exciting of the recent Clasicos:

+ The latest speculation as regards Real's make-shift backline is that it will be Metzelder-Ramos-Cannavaro-Salgado. That's right, Salgado to mark Messi (if Pep sees fit to put Leo on the right again).

+ On the Barca side, everybody's doing fine, except Aleks Hleb who has a fever and had to miss training.

+ The official website makes my life easier with a series of preview articles: one focusing on the influence of Dutch players on first Barca and now Real and on Juande Ramos' year in charge of Barca B.

+ Xavi spoke to the press and was properly very cautious about Barca's prospects.

And finally, just an early reminder: _fcbarcelona_ will be hosting a live reaction post on Saturday. The game's at 10PM local time. Please come and join us - it's better than freaking out by yourself! *g*