Preview: Spartak Moscow vs. Barcelona

Preview: Spartak Moscow vs. Barcelona
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Barcelona's trip to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

Hosting Spartak Moscow will be without a number of players for the visit of Spanish side Barcelona tomorrow night.

The club's three recognisable goalkeepers Andriy Dikan, Sergei Pesyakov and Artem Rebrov are all struggling with injuries, as are Artem Dzyuba and Welliton.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Romulo and Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady are also unavailable for the tie.

Visiting Barca have Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique available for selection again following spells on the sidelines.

However, Chile international Alexis Sanchez will play no part because of a muscular complaint.

Victory for Tito Vilanova's side will see them qualify, while Spartak must take maximum points to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 of the tournament.

Recent form

Spartak: DWLWW

Barcelona: WWLWW

Possible starting lineups:

Spartak: Chernyshuk; Makeev, Bryzgalov, Suchy, Kombarov; Rafael, Kallstrom, Jurado, Ari, Gorbatenko; Emenike

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Pique, Alba; Song, Iniesta, Xavi; Fabregas, Messi, Villa

Sports Mole says: 1-3

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