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Champions League : Viktoria Plzen v Barcelona Match Preview

by Staff Writer | Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Barcelona can secure progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win in Prague against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Barca coach Josep Guardiola will be in charge of his 200th competitive fixture and with a win could secure qualification to the knockout stages.

Just over two weeks ago, the two side met at the Camp Nou with Viktoria giving a good account of themselves despite losing 2-0 to the Catalans, however Barca are firing the goals in and Lionel Messi in particular is in fine form.

A couple of seasons ago, this tie would be classed as a potential banana skin for Barca but once again they seem to be in the form of their life.

Form Guide

VIKTORIA : WWDLL (Last Two – AC Milan 2-0 Viktoria, Barca 2-0 Viktoria)

BARCA : WWDWW (Last Two – Granada 0-1 Barca, Barca 5-0 Mallorca)

Team News

Viktoria are still without Roman Pavlik who is out with a serious knee injury and has not played a match since July.

Barcelona are waiting on the fitness of Xavi, who picked up a knock against Mallorca at the weekend. Ibrahim Afellay is still out but Alexis Sanchez has flown with the squad to Prague, Pedro is still out with an ankle problem but both Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol are fully fit.

Probable Teams

Viktoria : Cech, Limbersky, Bystron, Cisovsky, Rajtoral,Petrzela, Jiracek, Horvath, Kolar, Pilar, Bakos

Barcelona : Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Cesc, Villa, Messi

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