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 Madrid255261
2Barcelona255559
3Atletico Madrid252854
4Valencia252453
5Sevilla251246
6Villarreal251645
7Malaga25041
8Celta Vigo25132
9Espanyol25-432
10Athletic Bilbao25-930
11Rayo Vallecano25-1529
12Real Sociedad25-827
13Eibar25-927
14Getafe25-1326
15Deportivo La Coruna25-1825
16Almeria25-1724
17Elche25-2324
18Levante25-2722
19Granada25-2419
20Cordoba25-2118