La Liga: Barcelona vs. Racing de Santander

This should be an entertaining and close game. Even though Barca will be favorites to take the three points, Racing de Santander are having one of the best seasons in their history and will be fully convinced that they can get the win. Barcelona had a very comfortable victory at the weekend at home to Murcia, with Thierry Henry at long last having a good game. Although he didn’t score, he set up a brace to allow Samuel Eto’o to get on the score sheet twice before his departure to the African cup. Not having the Cameroon hit man for this match is a big blow for Barcelona, but will in all likelihood be able to count on Leo Messi, who started training again, and while Ronaldhino was back in training with his companions for the first time this year, it is still a mystery whether he will play any part in this match.
Racing travel to the Nou camp knowing they are four points off a Champion’s league spot and have a nice five point gap over seventh placed Valencia. They picked yet another win at the weekend, this time beating Osasuna away by two goals to nil. They now have nine victories to their name, as opposed to the twelve with which they finished the previous season. Racing go into this match knowing their goalkeeper, Toño, will be out for at least a month with ligament problems. This couldn’t come at a worse time for the club, as he is without doubt one of the reasons for their new found success.
I think this game will end in a draw. Barcelona still haven’t found a way to go into a higher gear and since Eto’o’s return from his knee injury have relied on him too much. With Ronaldhino still out of form they will really hope Messi will be match fit come the weekend. Racing de Santander will more than likely take this match by the horns and go all out to score, though their defensive midfield has shown weaknesses lately that Barcelona will no doubt attempt to exploit.
Prediction: Draw (1-1)

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