He should be used in a more attacking role than usual and his goal minutes are going cheap at 19.
Leo Messi will be absent from the Barca line-up after spraining his ankle in Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid, but that has not stopped Sporting Index from quoting Barcelona supremacy at a sizeable 2.1-2.3. . All rights reserved.
Byline: Dan Childs
BARCELONA failed to score for the first time in 20 La Liga home games when they suffered a shock 2-0 loss at home to Hercules 11 days ago, but they are expected to secure a convincing victory over Sporting Gijon in tonight’s televised clash at Camp Nou, writes Dan Childs.
David Villa will spearhead the Barcelona attack and Sporting give him a huge respect by quoting his goal minutes at 48-51.
Barca manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that it will be ’impossible’ to replace Messi during the player’s anticipated two-match lay-off but he still has plenty of top-class attacking options at his disposal.
Wide-attacker Pedro may be asked to get into more scoring positons than usual and that may explain why his goal minutes are quoted at a lofty 30-33. But Sporting might have underestimated the scoring potential of Andres Iniesta. Recommendation Buy A Iniesta goal minutes 0.5pt at 19 Sporting Index
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