Barcelona vs. Malaga: Preview and TV schedule

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Barcelona need a victory on Sunday to re-take first place from Real Madrid.

Barcelona are under some pressure after back-to-back draws in league play and Real Madrid's win on Saturday allowing Los Blancos to move ahead of the Blaugrana in the table. Anything less than a win for Gerardo Martino's team against Málaga means they'll drop out of first place for the first since in 60 rounds of play.

Martino's team shouldn't be distracted by all the off-field issues in the past week which included the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell on Thursday, but you never know. Neymar remains out with an ankle injury but otherwise Martino has basically his full roster available for selection. Barca haven't won a league match since a 4-0 victory over Elche on January 5th.

Málaga have slowly been sliding down the table after a strong start to the season. It's not a huge surprise considering the club's financial problems and the departure of several key players during the summer. Bernd Schuster's side have yet to win a match in 2014 and chances are that won't change at the Camp Nou.

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Barcelona injuries and suspensions

Out: Neymar (ankle), Carles Puyol (leg), Andres Iniesta (muscle), Alex Song (calf), Martin Montoya (achilles)

Malaga injuries and suspensions

Out: Weligton (thigh).

Barcelona will be without Iniesta, Song and Montoya, all of whom are recovering or carrying minor injuries. Neymar remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Projected lineups

Barcelona: Victor Valdés, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexis Sánchez, Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi.

Málaga: Wily Caballero, Jesús Gámez, Sergio Sánchez, Flávio Ferreira, Vitorino Antunes, Fernando Tissone, Ignacio Camacho, Samuel Garcia, Duda, Eliseu Pereira, Roque Santa Cruz.

Match Date/Time: 9 p.m. local, 3 p.m. ET

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.), beIN Sports Play (Canada)

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