Barça must avoid a slip-up

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

BARCELONA wel­come a dan­ger­ous Vil­lar­real side to the Camp Nou to­day aware that their visi­tors have al­ready taken points from both Real and Atletico this sea­son.

The task is some­what dif­fer­ent for Real Madrid as they face the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of an away trip to Osasuna to­day.

Osasuna are just one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but Real have only won once in their last five league vis­its to Pam­plona and Osasuna also held Barca to a 0-0 draw ear­lier this sea­son.

Madrid will at least be able to count of their lethal front­line of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Ben­zema – who have scored a com­bined 21 goals in their last five league games. How­ever, Luka Mo­dric is a doubt af­ter be­ing forced off with an an­kle in­jury in Madrid’s 2-0 win over FC Copen­hagen on Tues­day

Should Barça slip up, Atletico Madrid could move to the top of the ta­ble tomorrow when they host Valencia at the Vi­cente Calderon.

Atletico boss Diego Sime­one had the lux­ury of rest­ing a num­ber of key play­ers for Wed­nes­day’s 2-0 win over Zenit St Peters­burg.

The likes of Thibaut Cour­tois, Diego Godin and David Villa will re­turn to the start­ing line-up, whilst Diego Costa will be look­ing to keep up his goal-a-game record in La Liga this sea­son.– Sapa-AFP

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