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Barça and Rayo Vallecano face each other at the Camp Nou tonight in a game brought forward from week 17 because of Barça's World Club Cup commitments. The game gives the reigning league champions an early chance to cut the six point lead which Madrid hold over them following the defeat to Getafe on Saturday.

Barça face three home games before they travel to the Bernabéu, with the first of those three tonight, on the occasion of the Club's 112th anniversary, against Rayo, the second on Saturday against Llevant and the the third next Tuesday against BATE, with the Champions League Group already decided. There's little room for error, but the prize is immense.

Iniesta available

The players are confident that they will make up the six points Madrid currently lead them by and at this evening's training session they received some great news, with Andrés Iniesta, who's missed the last two games with a left thigh injury, passed fit to play. Cesc, who was rested as a precaution against Getafe, also trained fully with the group and Guardiola can call on an almost complete squad which is only missing the injured Ibrahim Afellay.

Rayo back in the top flight

The visitors tonight, Rayo Vallecano, are back in the top flight this season for the first time since 2003, when they lost 3-0 at the Camp Nou. They are potentially a tough test, having won more points away from home than at Vallecas so far this season and currently sitting in a comfortable tenth spot. José Ramón Sandoval's only doubt is at right back, where Tito is waiting to find out if the Spanish disciplinary committee allow him to play.