Racing Santander v Barcelona Sun 17:00
Without a victory to their name since mid-January, Racing Santander seem the most unlikely party to stop the Barcelona machine this weekend, as they are long odds with Bluesq to take all the points against Guardiola’s side.
Los Racinguistas have drawn four and lost three of their last seven league fixtures and have the second worst form in the Spanish to flight heading into their fixture against the current league champions.
Alvaro Cervera’s side have looked poor when going forward in front of home support this season and averaging just 0.69 goals per game when doing so this season, have the worst home offence in La Liga.
Much will depend on Adrian Gonzalez in midfield, while once again the majority of attacking threat should come through striekr Christian Struani, who may fancy his chances against Bartra.
That being said, the 18th placed side have one of the best home defences in the Spanish top flight keeping clean sheets in over half of their home outings.
While defensive statistics such as these are all well and good, the attacking form of Barcelona is one that will inevitably prove relentless and incredibly hard to slow.
Barça go into the encounter on the back of a five-match winning streak and will be hoping to add a sixth this weekend when they face off against relegation threatened Racing Santander.
Regardless of the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side are ten points off Real Madrid who sit at the summit of the Spanish top flight, the Catalan giants will be no less enthusiastic to close that gap as quickly as possible.
The Champions League title holders have scored an average of 1.67 goals per game when away from the Camp Nou this campaign and with morale riding high after progressing in the Champions League last week, will be confident of worsening Racing’s survival hopes on Sunday.
Cristian Tello should come into the Barca side after impressing from the bench in their 7-1 demolition of Leverkusen midweek, while Pep Guardiola will have to make do without Alexis Sanchez, Thiago Alcantara, Eric Abidal and Carles Puyol, who are all out with injury.