Xavi should retain his place for this one. Denis Doyle/Getty ImagesWe could even see a deliberate yellow to rule him out of the Eibar fixture but allowing him to be available for El Clasico. Ivan Rakitic has played himself into something approaching his Sevilla form and is an easy pick. Gerard Pique will resume his defensive duties alongside Marc Bartra, while Dani Alves may be given the week off to recharge the batteries.
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Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano: Team News, Preview, Live Stream and TV InfoBarcelona need three points to keep the pressure on Real Madrid. Andres Kudacki/Associated PressBarcelona have the earliest of kick-offs when they entertain Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. A midday (local time) start will shake off the cobwebs and could be a leveller in this game.
That of keeping a clean sheet for his side for the first time in eight visits to Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets will sit this one out. Denis Doyle/Getty ImagesLuis Enrique has two enforced changes to contend with after Neymar's booking at Granada last week ruled him out of this one, and Sergio Busquets was the victim of a nasty tackle at Villarreal. Pedro Rodriguez should be a simple replacement alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Manucho did well alongside and may well keep Leo Baptistao on the substitutes' bench for the visit to Catalonia. Gael Kakuta's industry sees him keep his slot on the right-hand side, backed up by the effervescent Roberto Trashorras, who was again in the thick of the action against Levante. Raul Baena and Lica should've done enough to keep their places, completing a buoyant and attack-minded midfield. Paco Jemez's back four continues to pick itself so expect to see all of Nacho, Antonio Amaya, Ze Castro and Tito retain their starting spots. Cristian Alvarez is given one of the hardest jobs on the pitch.
Atletico MadridWhoScored. comPredicted FormationsBarcelona line up against Rayo Vallecano. B/R Formation Builder. Alberto Bueno can't have had too many better weekends than the one against Levante last time out. Four goals in 15 first-half minutes, including a perfect hat-trick, will have the striker high on confidence when the lightning face the Blaugrana.
If the latter plays as well against Rayo as he did against Granada, he shouldn't expect to be unceremoniously subbed off again. Xavi is likely to keep his place with Andres Iniesta rested for bigger fish to fry later in the month. Javier Mascherano will slot into the midfield in place of Busquets. Jordi Alba is walking a disciplinary tightrope and is just one booking away from missing the next game.
m. GMT/6 a. m ETVenue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, SpainTV Info: Sky Sports 5 (UK only)/beIN Sports 1 (USA only)Live Stream: Sky Go (UK only)/beIN Sports Connect (USA only)Form Lines Last Six ResultsBarcelonaRayo VallecanoW 3-1 vs. VillarrealW 4-2 vs LevanteW 3-1 vs. GranadaL 0-1 vs Athletic ClubW 2-1 vs. Manchester CityW 2-0 vs VillarrealL 0-1 vs. MalagaL 0-2 vs ElcheW 5-0 vs. LevanteL 1-2 vs Deportivo La CorunaW 3-1 vs. VillarrealL 1-3 vs.
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