Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid: Key Battles to Watch in La Liga

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Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid: Key Battles to Watch in La Liga
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Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi this Sunday

Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid is one of only three matches—just 270 minutes of playing time—that are left until the end of La Liga season 2012/13.

La Blaugrana will finish the season on top of the pile, where they have been since the first week of the season, and there is still the carrot of having something to aim for should they so desire.

A record-equalling 100 points awaits them if they can win all three remaining fixtures, starting with this weekend's home game.

The visitors arrive in Catalonia in patchy form.

Two wins, two draws and three losses in their last seven La Liga outings mean that they find themselves languishing in 12th place with nothing but pride to play for. 

Judging by their results on previous trips to Camp Nou, Valladolid are likely to have their work cut out.

It was way back in November 1997 when the visitors last left Barcelona with all three points, and Barca have won the last six fixtures between the two, scoring 21 goals and conceding just two.

Let's take a look at where the game may be won or lost.

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