Real Zaragoza vs. Barcelona: Preview and TV schedule

David Ramos

Los Blanquillos welcome Barcelona to the Estadio de la Romareda in desperate need of a victory as they face the real prospect of sinking into relegation zone this week.

For Real Zaragoza the time has come to start winning games. They've yet to accomplish that feat once in 2013 but have somehow managed to stay out of the relegation zone through it all. That could change this week with Deportivo La Coruña poised to jumped Zaragoza in the table if Los Blanquillos cannot find a way to pull off an upset, or at least get a point.

The health of the team's leading scorer Helder Postiga is a real concern but he is expected to play.

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Barcelona accomplished their mid-week goal of qualifying for the Champions League semifinals and now they return their attentions to finishing off claiming the league title. It won't happen this week but a win would move them one step closer.

Victor Valdés return after serving a four-match ban for his post-Clasico antics and is expected to start in goal. Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets all did not travel with the squad and will miss the match.

Real Zaragoza injuries and suspensions

Out: Ivan Obradovic (knee), Franco Zuculini (knee), Javi Alamo (knee), Abraham (suspended). In doubt: Apoño (muscle strain), Helder Postiga (knock), Stefan Babovic (knock).

Barcelona injuries and suspensions

Out: Lionel Messi (hamstring), Carles Puyol (knee), Javier Mascherano (knee), Sergio Busquets (groin), Jordi Alba (hamstring), Andres Iniesta (knock) In Doubt: Adriano (thigh)

Adriano reaggravated his thigh injury on Wednesday but he did travel with the team. Messi, Iniesta, Busquets and Alba all stayed behind to recover from various ailments. Postiga and Babovic are expected to be available for Zaragoza, but Abraham is suspended after picking up a red card last week.

Match Date/Time: 7 p.m. local, 1 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain

TV: beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.), GOL T, Canal+ (Spain)

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