Barca Vs Sporting Gijon
Bojan – I’ll settle for you scoring a goal like this….
Venue: Estadio El Molinón K.O Time: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 19:00 GMT
League leaders Barca travel up North-West to the Asturias region to take on 13th placed Gijon on Saturday – more than likely with one eye on the CL clash against Arsenal on Wednesday 16th away..so look for the squad to be a slightly different starting 11 than we rolled out against Athetlico Madrid (which was almost our strongest 11 possible). Also due to the International friendlies played – there will be some rest for players, guaranteed. Puyol will be out due tendinitis in his left knee.
Gijon are comming off a 3-0 loss to Bilbao – they lost defender Gregory Arnolin in the 15th minute of that game due to two yellow cards and as such he will be unable to take to the field against Barca. Gijon normally have a pretty good supporter base so the Stadium will be close to capacity (29k or so). They also possess some pretty good individual talent, namely Diego Giminez – who has scored 8 goals in 18 games for them this season.
I can’t see Barca having too much trouble with this game, even with resting key players. Having said that with some squad players having a chance to start, you never know just how rusty or how they are feeling on the day. Despite that, the squad’s quality cannot be denied and I would expect an 3-0 or a 4-1 scoreline.
Worth a mention that Madrid are taking on Espanyol this week…they have some serious games to come still so lets hope for another dropped 2 points at least and a draw.
My Probable Starting Lineup: Valdes, Abidal, Pique, Alves, Maxwell, Iniesta, Mascherano, Keita, Afellay, Pedro, Bojan(score a goal!)
Scoreline: 3-0 Win.