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The Catalan club remain the only uneaten side in the top tier of Spanish football, but four draws have left Pep Guardiola’s side three points behind Madrid with 11 games gone.
Guardiola will be able to call upon the services of Pedro despite the Spanish international pulling out of his country’s back to back internationals against England and Costa Rica, meaning only long-term absentees Adriano Correia and Ibrahim Afellay will be unable to take any part at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
One real cause for concern for Guardiola is the talismanic Lionel Messi. The diminutive Argentinian superstar leads the way in the goalscoring charts this season but proclaimed himself to be “dead” on his feet after featuring in his country’s 2-1 victory over Columbia on Tuesday, and Guardiola may opt to rest his star player along with some of his Spanish team-mates who travelled 10,000 miles to take part in the friendly against Costa Rica.
Real Zaragoza meanwhile have struggled to make an impact so far this season, picking up only ten points in their first 11 games, a record that leaves them down in 16th, just one point clear of the drop zone.
Abraham Minero and Adam Pinter should be fit to start against Barcelona having shaken off knocks, but Paraguayan defender Paulo Da Silva could be a long term absentee with a suspected broken leg.
The away side have little hope of picking up a positive result against their illustrious rivals, and hold the unwanted record of conceding 249 goals against, more than any other team in Spanish football.
They also have just two wins in their 57 meetings against Barca, last recording a win back in 1965.