UD Almeria v Barcelona
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos
Kick Off: 21:00 CET
Barcelona return to league action tonight in the first of two games before a short break for international matches. They travel to the Juegos Mediterráneos Stadium to take on Hugo Sanchez’s Almeria. Back in October Barca had beaten Athletic Bilbao in the league and smashed five past FC Basel in the Champions League, before entertaining Almeria at Camp Nou and emerging victorious with three goals from Eto’o and one apiece from Henry and Alves in a 5-0 rout.
With Real Madrid beating Ahtletic Bilbao last night, Barcelona will want to continue their good form from the last two games to maintain their six point lead at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona have a record of five wins and two draws against Almeria in the league, but the Catalan outfit have only ever won just once in the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos
Hugo Sanchez has a full squad to choose from, although Corona and Crusat will have to undergo late fitness tests. Pep Guardiola is still without the services of Abidal, Milito, Jorquera and Puyol who are all missing through injury.
08/03 A 1-2 Sevilla (La Liga)
01/03 H 2-1 Getafe (La Liga)
22/02 A 1-1 Recreativo (La Liga)
15/02 H 3-2 Real Valladolid (La Liga)
08/02 A 2-3 Malaga (La Liga)
01/02 A 2-3 Valencia (La Liga)
11/03 H 5-2 Olympique Lyonnais (Champions League)
07/03 H 2-0 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
04/03 A 1-1 Real Mallorca (Copa Del Rey)
01/03 A 3-4 Atletico de Madrid (La Liga)
24/02 A 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais (Champions League)
21/02 H 1-2 Espanyol (La Liga)
Probable Starting XI’s
UD Almeria: D. Alves, Bruno, Mane, Pellerano, Acasiete, Juanito, Iriney, Corona, Crusat, Uche, Negredo
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Sylvinho, Marquez, Pique, Toure, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Henry, Eto’o.