With league leaders Real Madrid facing a difficult trip across town to face city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon in the Madrid derby, there is every possibility that the Blaugrana could regain some ground in the title race this evening. As they prepare to host UD Almeria at the Camp Nou, Barça know that they could even reclaim top spot -- of course, dependent on Atleti defeating Real earlier in the afternoon.
Given the inspired form that Carlo Ancelotti's side have been in, that would be something of a shock result, but Diego Simeone's side will likely prove tough to beat -- at the very least, Los Colchoneros will be aiming to claim a point and if they do, Barcelona are poised to take advantage. After all, what kind of resistance can lowly Almeria pose?
It's not like we're travelling to a difficult stadium like the Anoeta, or even facing one of our typical "bogey" teams, like Valencia. This is just Almeria. The same Almeria that we beat 8-0 a few years ago. Should we expect a similar result tonight? Probably not, but it'd be a shock to see anything other than a home win.
With a fresh squad, Gerardo Martino can count on the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas to provide the cutting edge his side needs to secure the three points. And with a week off following this game, there is little need for rotation. With that in mind, will it be a memorable night for Barcelona? Predict the score of tonight's La Liga clash between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!