Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon
23rd April 2016, 19:30 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
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Barcelona take on Sporting Gijon in La Liga this weekend and the Catalan giants will be desperate to increase their lead at the top of the table with a win here.
The Spanish champions ended their horrendous winless run of three competitive games with a staggering 8-0 win over Deportivo. Star striker Luis Suarez scored four goals and assisted three more as the Catalan giants demolished Deportivo away from home.
Barcelona were beaten by Valencia in their last home game and Luis Enrique’s side will look to make amends against Sporting.
Sporting will be high on confidence, after defeating Sevilla 2-1 at El Molinon last time out and will look to pull off an upset here.
Sandro, Vermaelen, Samper and Mathieu are the only injury concerns for Barcelona here.
Gerard Pique returns from suspension and will start alongside Mascherano at the heart of the Barcelona defence.
Sporting will be delighted with the return of Omar Mascarell, who is available after suspension.
Antonio Sanabria and Jony are both doubts for the trip to Camp Nou and will be assessed closer to kick-off.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Sporting Gijon: Cuellar; Lora, Hernandez, Mere, Lopez; Alvarez, Mascarell; Halilovic, Cases, Jony; Sanabria
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in 7 of their last 9 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Sporting Gijon in all competitions.
Sporting Gijon have failed to win 12 of their last 13 away matches (La Liga).