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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1Real Madrid194848
2Barcelona204547
3Atletico Madrid202144
4Valencia202041
5Sevilla191139
6Villarreal201638
7Malaga20232
8Eibar20-227
9Espanyol20-426
10Rayo Vallecano20-1523
11Real Sociedad20-422
12Celta Vigo20-421
13Athletic Bilbao20-1020
14Getafe20-1220
15Cordoba20-1418
16Deportivo La Coruna20-1718
17Elche20-2317
18Almeria20-1616
19Levante20-2216
20Granada20-2015