46 minDeportivo get us underway in the second half. What's the betting that this half brings no goals?
10pmHere we go then. Both sets of players join us on the pitch ahead of the second period. Will Barcelona put this game to bed with another goal? Or can Deportivo recover once more?
9.57pmNow seems like a good point to tell you all about tomorrow. You can join me from 10.30am for Getafe vs. Levante. Meanwhile, I will also be covering Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano, Granada vs. Real Zaragoza and Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid right here on Sports Mole.
9.54pmShould Barcelona be worried about their defence this season? With Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol I would say no. But with Song and Mascherno as the two central defenders, they are so open.
9.51pmLet's take a look at some statistics from the opening half. Barcelona have dominated possession with 70%, but both sides have had five efforts at goal.
9.48pmHowever, another strike from Messi just before the interval moved Barcelona into a 4-2 lead at the break. Sensational entertainment at the Riazor.
9.45pmOh my good grief. What a half of football. It appeared to be over when Barcelona took a 3-0 lead inside 18 minutes, but two goals from the home side made it 2-3 after 37 minutes.
17 minChance! So nearly number three for Barcelona as Messi finds Villa down the left, but his cross is just too long for Tello. As it stands, the third goal appears to be coming.
15 minPass, pass, pass from Barcelona as they advance deep into the Deportivo half. This really could be any score tonight. But the away side are suspect in defence.
13 minWe have not seen anything from Riki and Pizzi as a front two for Deportivo thus far. The home side have nine players behind the ball as they attempt to contain the Barcelona talent.
11 minDeportivo just cannot keep possession at the moment. Each time they take a touch, Barcelona players are on top of them. What a blistering start to this match.
9 minThat was just a bit special from the young winger. Just where do Barcelona get these players from? They produce talent time after time. It might have been three as Fabregas advanced on goal, but he was just given offside.
8 minTello makes it two for Barcelona inside eight minutes as the winger fires a low effort past Aranzubia.
2 minBright start from the home side as Bruno Gama advances down the right, but Alex Song is on hand to clear the danger. Just a reminder that Barcelona have three of their first-choice defence injured.
1 minBarcelona kick us off on this mild evening in Spain. I should imagine that Deportivo will get used to chasing the ball tonight.
8.58pmHere we go then. Both sets of players have joined us on the pitch. Handshakes? Check. Flags exchanged? Check. Let's get this match underway.
8.56pmSo there we have it. Cristian Tello also starts for Barcelona, but Xavi starts on the bench. Not a bad substitute to have I suppose?!
8.54pmDeportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Ze Castro, Marchena, Ayoze; Aguilar, Bergantinos; Bruno Gama, Valeron, Pizzi; Riki
8.54pmTeam News: David Villa starts for Barcelona, while Martin Montoya, Andres Iniesta and Alex Song also return. Meanwhile, Deportivo make one change from their 2-1 defeat to Rayo Vallecano, with Ayoze replacing Evaldo at left-back.
8.52pmThe home side are on a six-match winless streak in the league, while Barcelona have won nine of their last 11 matches. On paper, it appears that we will have only one result, but football has a knack of throwing up surprises when you least expect it.
8.52pmGood evening all! Two of Spain's most famous names clash at the Riazor this evening, but their aims for the season could not be more different. A win for Deportivo would move them out of the top three, but Barcelona will attempt to extend their lead at the summit with victory of their own.