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Apr 8, 2011

Ok, tomorrow Almeria visits the Camp Nou. I am just trying to remind you that, Its no wonder that everyones focus is alreday on the Clasico at the Bernebeu. But we have a task on hand tomorrow, before we can think about our Eternal Rivals. Considering the fact that nobody expected Sporting to win at Bernebeu, it would be foolish to consider that we are going to win tomorrow by just turning up. With a series of Clasico on the corner, it is pretty easy for all of us and our players to lose focus. Almeria is currently lying at the bottom of the table and should possess little threat to us. But still it's a job that has to be done with. The last time we met Almeria in the league, we all knew what happened. That 8-0 victory was followed by a 3-0 away victory against Panathanaikos and then the great 5-0 victory over Real Madrid. The omens are good once again, after tomorrow's match against Almeria we will be travelling away in Europe then will meet Real Madrid. The last two matches exposed enough of defensive fragilities in the side and with Puyol's continuing absence, Guardiola would be looking for back up players against Almeria.

Guardiola has a series of selection dileama to deal with in this match. Victor Valdes is suspended for this match. Pinto, who is the second choice keeper has not yet recovered from the slight ankle sprain. That makes the choice of keeper tough for Guardiola. I have a feeling we most probably will see Oier for this match. The defense again is another tough pick. Pique has been pretty suspect in recent matches and I firmly believe he needs a bit of rest. I would prefer the centre half pairing of Milito and Fontas in this match. Puyol may take some time more to return and we need both of our back up centre backs to have enough playing time. The rest of the defense should see Alves and Maxwell in the usual full back role. The midfield is definite to have Iniesta leading the line and most probably will be pairing with Thiago and Mascherano. The front trio should see Villa and Pedro along with Messi. Many may argue that we should rest Messi in this match. But he has been looking for that elusive goal for sometime and Almeria would be the best opposition for him to get that away. And also it will be better to rest him at Ukraine rather than over here. The same goes for Villa too. Now coming to the prediction part, if we stay focussed we should see Almeria through with ease. I would go for a 5-0 victory with Messi scoring a hat-trick.

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