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Messi va signar un hat-trick a La Rosaleda / FOTO: ARXIU FCB

The Camp Nou prepares for the penultimate home game of the season, in which Barça entertain fourth placed Malaga in a fixture that will provide perfect preparation for the Copa del Rey Final on the 23rd against Athletic Bilbao. All three games between now and that trip to the Vicente Calderón are against top level sides: Malaga, Espanyol and Betis. Although FCB’s hopes of winning the Liga title are extremely slim, they would still love to see out the season with nine points out of nine in order to go to the cup final with their morale on a high, and at the same time break their record for goals in a single season, which is currently the 105 scored in the 2008/09 season.

Missing Alexis

Josep Guardiola can pick from the 18 players that attended training on Tuesday evening, namely the 15 available first team players plus Bartra, Montoya and Tello of Barça B. Alexis Sánchez has a thigh injury, while Piqué has been unable to train all week, and both miss the game along with long-term absentees Fontàs, Villa, Abidal and Xavi.

Big game for Malaga

The game at the Camp Nou is an important one for the side coached by Pellegrini, who are currently fourth with 55 points and need points to boost their Champions League challenge and maintain distance between themselves and fellow aspirants Levante and Atlético Madrid. But they will have to do so without the suspended Isco or the injured Toulalan, Caballero, Mathijsen, Baptista and Maresca. However, Monreal, Recio and Juanmi all return to the team as they face a side that beat them 4-1 at Rosaleda earlier this season.

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