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Barça will play three home games on the run for just the fourth time under Josep Guardiola. Curiously enough, the team have not managed to win all three on the previous occasions.

Out of three last season

Last season, Barça received Mallorca, Valencia and Copenhagen over a seven day period from October 3rd to 10th, drawing against the Islanders, beating Valencia 2-1 and then seeing off Copenhagen 2-0 in the third game of the Champions League group stage.

Twice in the 2008/09 campaign

The other two occasions when the Camp Nou has hosted three games on the trot occurred in Guardiola's first season. Between November 4th and 12th, the team faced Basel in the Champions League, Valladolid in La Liga and Benidorm in the Spanish Cup, drawing the first –which was enough to get them through to the knockout stages – beating Valladolid 6-0 with four goals from Samuel Eto'o and finally seeing off Benidorm 1-0 (the same result they had achieved in the first leg) in the second leg of the cup tie, thanks to a Messi strike.

Defeat with top spot assured

In the middle of the season-defining series of games that year, Barça faced Valencia and Real Madrid at home in December and after seeing off Valencia 4-0, they also beat Real Madrid with goals from Messi and Eto'o to make clear their league ambitions. The third home game was in the Champions League against Shaktar and with top spot already assured, Guardiola's men went down to a 2-3 defeat in the dead rubber game.

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