Aware of the importance of three points in the league, Pep Guardiola will field virtually all 'fixed' this Sunday (21:30 h) against Betis. Barca coach dosed not thinking of visiting forces from Wednesday to Madrid in the Cup, but could provide opportunities for some young branch.
Barca look for a new step in the league and forget about the trip a week ago against Espanyol. Guardiola has only fifteen of the first team players and some team players could take a leading role against Betis.
Betis come to Camp Nou after having added three wins in the championship. Barcelona fans after a draw (1-1) in Cornella-El Prat, need to recover to keep rope in the league.
Compared to diabetics, Guardiola recovers Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta, who did not play against Osasuna Cup. The Brazilian, medical care, and technical decision manchego.
In Pamplona, Barça lost its third player of the season for long-term injury. Fontàs joined Afellay casualties and David Villa.
These three casualties, more of Pedro Rodriguez, who will be out for ten days because of a hamstring problem, the departure of Maxwell to PSG and the absence of Keita, Mali concentrate in the African Nations Cup, have left the Barca square, so it seems time to go even further to the cantera.
So Isaac Cuenca will take minutes, which is common since the start of the season. We also have trained this week the full-back Martin Montoya and Sergi Robert, both owners against Osasuna, in addition to the Mexican Jonathan Dos Santos.
Guardiola will have Victor Valdes, who turns 30 Sunday, Alves and Iniesta out. On defense, the only question is central defense with the possibility that central Mascherano to play in place of Puyol or Pique. Front, Cesc Fabregas will probably start playing.
In the Betis wins against Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sporting Gijon have served as a balm to their position in the table.
FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Cesc, Messi y Alexis.
Real Betis: Casto, Isidoro, Mario, Dorado, Nacho; Iriney, Cañas, Salva Sevilla; Jefferson Montero, Santa Cruz and Rubén Castro.
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (c.gallego).
Stadium: Camp Nou (21.30 hours).