Preview: With nothing to play for, Celtic will look to honor their club and country
Neil Lennon's side is last in Group H with just three points, and even a victory at the Nou Camp would not be enough for them to even secure a spot in the Europa League.
Taking on Barcelona is never easy, especially at the Nou Camp. Celtic will be playing for pride, while the hosts will know that the top spot in their group is not yet guaranteed. Currently in a poor run of form, having lost two of their last three in all competitions, Tata Martino will expect his side to put in a solid performance on Wednesday night.
Preview: Barcelona will want to bounce back after their mid-week defeat
It is not often that Barcelona lose, and when they do, fans will sit and pick apart that defeat, in order to figure out what caused it. The Blaugrana's mid-week match against Ajax did not go well, as the Spanish side came up short, but the defeat was well deserved.
That defeat can come as somewhat of a wake-up call for Tata Martino's men.
Preview: With Barcelona already through, Ajax has it all to do
Barcelona is sitting comfortably in first place with 10 points, having already booked their place in the next round of the competition. Unfortunately for Ajax, they are unable to say the same thing, as they are currently third with four points.
With AC Milan one point ahead of them, and Celtic just one point back, the final two matchdays in this group will certainly be full of excitement.
The first time these two sides met at the Nou Camp, the Blaugrana ran away with a 4-0 victory. Lionel Messi scored three of the goals, but luckily for the Dutch outfit, the Argentine international will not be available for this match, as he is out with a hamstring injury.
Preview: Injuries could play a big part in this match for the hosts
A number of injury concerns will have Tata Martino somewhat worried heading into Saturday's match against Granada. With eight players in doubt, at least four of them will definitely miss this match.
Lionel Messi is obviously the big name on that injury list, which is also made up of Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and most recently Victor Valdes. Along with those four top players, Martino could be without Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, Xavi and Cristian Tello, who are all in doubt, but have yet to be ruled out for this weekend's match.
Having so many injuries could be problematic, but fortunately Barcelona has good enough talent on their bench who can fill in.
Preview: Brazil face stiff Chile test in international friendly
Both Brazil and Chile have performed admirably in the recent past, having scored easy victories over Honduras and England respectively. Brazil scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over the Central Americans whereas Chile humbled the three lions 2-0 at Wembley.
Tuesday’s match will be an interesting encounter between two South American teams who have caught a few eyes. Brazil have been mesmerizing in 2013, having just lost twice under the tutelage of Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Samba giants have won all their last five matches in terrific fashion and Scolari has lauded his players for performing commendably as a unit.
Preview: A battle of first against last
With the exception of Osasuna, no other team in La Liga has been able to steal points from the Blaugrana. 34 points from a possible 36 has Tata Martino's side top of the Spanish League, with a visit to Betis not looking like it will slow them down.
Getting the full three points will be vital for Barcelona. Although they have started in brilliant fashion, Atletico Madrid is right on their heals, with just one point separating the two clubs.
In contrast, Betis is last in La Liga, with only two victories from 12 matches. Both those victories came at home against Valencia and Villareal, but they have four losses and one draw from their last five in La Liga. Turning things around against Barcelona looks like it could be difficult, but their mid-week victory over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League will have given them some added confidence.
Preview: Barcelona can guarantee the knockout stage with a victory
Some would argue that AC Milan's current lot of players is not all that impressive. Others would even go as far as to say that this is one of, if not the worst Milan squad in years. Whether you agree with that or not, the truth is that they are three points from the relegation zone in Serie A.
On the European front, Allegri's squad has not lost from their three matches, and they find themselves second, two points behind Barcelona.
A draw at the Nou Camp would likely be welcomed from Allegri, who is under serious pressure.
Preview: Distancing themselves is a main concern
Barcelona has started the current campaign in blistering form, having claimed 31 points from a possible 33. Their only letdown came in a scoreless draw away to Osasuna, but other than that match, Gerardo Martino's men have been brilliant.
With 10 victories already, the hosts will be going for their eleventh, while they also look to jump four points ahead of second placed Atletico Madrid.
Making matters worst for the visitors, they will be up against Barcelona's perfect record at home this season (5-0-0), and their 20 goals scored and only five conceded. But in Espanyol's defense, the Blaugrana have only managed one cleansheet at home, which was their opening day match against Levante, which ended in a 7-0 thumping.
The marquee signings
La Liga’s two most expensive signings in the 2013 summer transfer window will go head to head as Barcelona take on Real Madrid for the first time this season. The two were the talk of the summer as Gareth Bale and Neymar finalised their big money moves to Spain.
However life in the Iberian country has begun in contrasting fashion for both individuals. In case of the Brazilian, the mercurial number 11 continued from where he left off and after an inspirational display for his national side in the Confederations Cup, Neymar has continued his brilliant form with his new club.
Preview: Barcelona wants to set the tone for the upcoming El Classico
Gerardo Martino's side is starting to get somewhat healthier, and it could not have come at a better time. As the Catalans prepare to take on Osasuna at El Sadar, they will likely be thinking of their upcoming matches against AC Milan and Real Madrid.
El Classico always generates plenty of hype and media attention, but if Barcelona is able to defeat Osasuna, they will head into the match against Madrid with the chance of surpassing their record of a nine match win streak.
What a better way to set a record, than against your rival, and on your home turf?
Preview: Martino's undefeated Barcelona look to continue great streak
When Gerardo Martino was appointed manager of Barcelona, there were a number of question marks floating around the Nou Camp. Was he good enough? Without any European Football experience, would he struggle with the pressure?
The truth is that Tata Martino not only has silenced the critics, but he is also on the way to potentially breaking a record currently held by Real Madrid.
Having won nine successive matches, Real Madrid currently holds the record. Interestingly enough, if Barcelona was to break that record, they would have to do it against Real Madrid in three weeks time. But before they worry about that, they will need to focus on their match against Valladolid, who has only one victory in seven matches.
Preview: Neymar needs to step up in Messi's absence
It was not too long ago that Barcelona left Parkhead with a defeat, which led to tears pouring down the face of Rod Stewart. On Tuesday night, the Scottish Champions will be looking to steal points against the Catalans once again.
Going up against Barcelona without Messi in the squad is a relief for Neil Lennon's side, but the Celtic manager does not want to focus on that too much.
"Messi's absence is obviously good news for us," Lennon told UEFA's official website. "For me, he's the best player in the world. There's sadness too because it's always fantastic to see the greatest here in Glasgow."
Preview: Barcelona aiming to make it five out of five
The Blaugrana have got off to a great start in the new campaign, winning all four of their La Liga matches. With 14 goals scored and only four conceded, Tata Martino's squad is first in the league, even on points with Atletico Madrid.
After their strong showing mid-week against Ajax in their first match of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona will now turn their attention to domestic football.
Madrid will be their next stop, where they will take on Rayo Vallecano at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.
Preview: Neymar and Tata Martino are out for the perfect debut
After last season's beat down at the hand of Bayern Munich, Barcelona will want to get their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign off to a good start. Up steps an Ajax side that was placed in one of the toughest groups last season, and the draw for this season was not all that nice to them either.
In Group H, Barcelona and Ajax will have to lock horns with AC Milan and Celtic, which could make for a very entertaining group.
Preview: Squad rotation should not stop Barca from tormenting Sevilla
We are all aware of Tata Martino's preference to rotate the squad, and on Saturday, fans can expect a rotation, even if it is just a few players. The current edition of the Champions League will kick off this coming week, and Barcelona's manager will want to make sure his squad is fresh and ready to go.
The Blaugrana will welcome Sevilla to the Nou Camp, but the visitors will arrive with a number of question marks and injury problems.
Preview: Portuguese and Brazilian fans will fill Gillete Stadium to see their idols
When you hear of a meeting between Portugal and Brazil, you would instantly think of a battle between two football superstars. Whether you are a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or both, they have both earned their spot at the top of world football's list of great stars.
On Tuesday night, both countries will meet at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Ma. Due to the large amount of Portuguese and Brazilian fans living in the surrounding areas, this match is expected to have a near full to capacity attendance.
One frustration for Portugal fans will be the exclusion of Ronaldo from the team due to injury, after the Real Madrid star netted a hattrick against Northern Ireland on Friday.
The former Manchester United man who never fails to impress was the pick of the players as Portugal took on Northern Ireland in a crucial World Cup Qualification match.
The Seleção who were down to ten men following Helder Postiga’s red card just before half time, were close to tasting defeat at the hands of Michael O'Neill’s men before a brilliant second half hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured that Portugal move one step closer to a berth in the World Cup in Brazil next year.
His antics also saw him achieve a remarkable feat as he became Portugal’s second all time top scorer surpassing Eusebio’s record of 41 goals and is now just four goals shy of being Portugal’s joint top scorer with former Paris Saint Germain striker Pauleta.
Preview: Valencia will hope their home form against Barcelona will help
From the last six meetings between these two sides at the Mestalla, the hosts have only lost one match, but have also not won any. The other five matches ended in a draw, but at least that will give Los Che some extra motivation heading into Sunday's match.
After claiming his first piece of silverware since his arrival at the Nou Camp, Gerardo Martino knows that Miroslav Djukic's side will want to claim the full three points.
Preview: Which player will be the Supercopa de Espana hero?
With Lionel Messi back from injury, it is hard to predict which star will settle the game for his respective team, tonight; that is, if the battle sees a clear Man of the Match winner. In the first leg, David Villa’s opening goal almost gifted Atleti a valuable victory at the Vicente Calderon.
However, Neymar had other ideas. The Brazilian came on as a substitute to rescue new manager Gerardo Martino and the Blaugrana from defeat.
This two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie is wide open. Barcelona are known dominate games – especially at the Camp Nou. Still, Diego Simeone’s men must not be doubted. If Atletico Madrid are playing tonight, it is because they managed to stun bitter city rivals Real Madrid last season in the Copa del Rey final.
Barcelona are experiencing a new cycle under Martino. They will be hoping to win their first trophy of the campaign in front of their home supporters. How likely is an upset of the Catalans, though?
Lionel Messi, only returning from injury after missing last weekend’s 1-0 win away to Malaga, may or may not display the best of his abilities. This does not mean that tonight’s visitors will have a quiet time defending.
Expect Atletico – if they ever find their tempo at the Camp Nou – to defend a lot and try to hit Barca on the counter, just like Bayern Munich did in the UEFA Champions League semis last season.
In fact, Simeone’s men are under pressure since they are obliged to score to stand a chance of lifting the 2013 Spanish Super Cup. The 1-1 draw from the first leg means a goalless draw on Wednesday night will see Barcelona succeed current Supercopa de Espana titleholders Real Madrid.
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Will David Villa's return to the Nou Camp be a pleasant one?
As time went on at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico Madrid fans were growing anxious for the final whistle. David Villa's first match against his former club saw him slot a well struck volley into the Barcelona goal, giving Atletico fans hope.
With Messi on the bench due to an apparent injury, Neymar had to come to the rescue for the Catalans. Will the Brazilian have to be the deciding figure in Wednesday's match again?
Messi's absence in the match with Malaga has Barcelona fans uncertain of his participation in the match on Wednesday, while Atletico Madrid will prepare for the match not knowing what to expect.