Sporting the only unbeaten record in La Liga play this season, Barcelona host Real Zaragoza Saturday at Camp Nou.
That perfect record was tested last week in the Catalans 4-2 win over Mallorca. Barcelona raced out to a 3-0 lead Xavi assisting Lionel Messi and Cristian Tello on their goals and netting his own in the first half, but Mallorca scored twice in under three minutes in the second half to keep the match close.
But in typical fashion, Messi came to the rescue with a goal in 70th, to keep Mallorca at bay.
Zaragoza have won four of their last five matches, but haven’t captured a victory at Camp Nou since 2007.
Leading scorer Helder Postiga netted two second half goals Zaragoza’s 5-3 win over Deportivo Coruna last week.
The match could mark the return of defender Carles Puyol, who suffered a gruesome elbow dislocation in October, but is reportedly prepared to play.
The game begins at 2 p.m. EDT.
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Song, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa
Zuculini, Loovens, Alvaro, Paredes
Rodriguez, Apono, Montanes
Predicted Score: Barcelona 3, Real Zaragoza 2
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