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Feb 5, 2009

For the last two season, FC Barcelona's journey towards the Copa Del rey were halted at the semi-final stage, first by Getafe and then by Valencia last season. This time around FC Barcelona would be looking to better their dubious record of the last two season and take a firm step towards the final. In order to do that Barca has to take atleast a two goal advantage from the Home leg of semifinal clash against Mallorca tonight. Real Mallorca had struggled this season and lies in the bottom end of the league table. But that doesn't give us any comfort as we have struggled this season against teams which lies at the bottom of the table. More over we did struggle a bit when this two sides met wach other ealrier this season - Late goals from Iniesta and Toure sees off Mallorca. There were big confusion whether Marquez and Pique will be available for tonight's match, after their expulsion in last Sunday's match. Since both of them were sent off after receiving two yellow cards, they have to serve the ban in the next League match - which is against Sporting Gijon on Sunday. But Xavi has been ruled off from the tie with Gastroentitis. Barca will not be with their two infulential Captains - Xavi and Puyol for tonight's match.

Guardiola has not yet picked his squad. But Henry and Eto both would be expected to be rested. Pinto should be chose once again ahead of Jorquerra to guard the goal. I would like to see Alves being rested as I believe too much playing time will harm him. Victor Sanchez, Caceres, Marquez and Sylvinho should form the defense. If Alves is rested for tonight's match he would get a two match rest as he would be suspended for the Gijon encounter after receiving the fifth yellow of this season. The midfield should be made up of Iniesta, Gudjonsen and Toure. It is essential for Iniesta to start at the left rather than replacing Xavi on the right. Iniesta looks more comfortable and dangerous from the left. Messi, Bojan and Hleb should form the front three. I wopuld love to see Hleb having a good game and Bojan building on his last outing against Espanyol. I expect FC Barcelona to win this encounter comfortably with a score line of 3-0. Mallorca would be without their goalkeeper Dudu Aouate and defender David Navarro for tonight's encounter.

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