Team News: Xavi, Alexis Sanchez absent for Barcelona

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Xavi and Alexis Sanchez fail to make the Barcelona starting lineup for this evening's La Liga match against Malaga.

Xavi and Alexis Sanchez have not been included in the Barcelona starting lineup for tonight's home encounter against Malaga.

Gerard Pique is also absent, meaning that Argentine Javier Mascherano will continue in a centre-back role.

Visiting Malaga will begin the fixture with Salomon Rondon as a lone striker.

Defeat for Barca will hand rivals Real Madrid the La Liga title.

Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Keita, Fabregas, Iniesta, Cuenca, Pedro; Messi

Malaga: Kameni; Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, S. Sanchez, Eliseu; Portillo, Camacho, Cazorla, Duda; Buonanotte; Rondon

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1Atletico Madrid345285
2Barcelona346681
3Real Madrid336279
4Athletic Bilbao342262
5Sevilla341859
6Real Sociedad34754
7Villarreal341252
8Valencia34045
9Espanyol34-641
10Malaga34-641
11Levante34-1141
12Celta Vigo34-1140
13Rayo Vallecano34-2940
14Granada34-2037
15Elche34-1935
16Osasuna34-2535
17Real Valladolid33-1832
18Getafe34-2232
19Almeria34-3230
20Real Betis34-4022