Barcelona can break record against Malaga this weekend

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Barcelona play their second home La Liga fixture in a row after a comprehensive dismantling of Levante last time out.

The 5-0 rout was Barca's 11th win in a row in all competitions and equals the mark that Pep Guardiola set during his tenure in the hot-seat.

How times change.

Not six weeks ago, Luis Enrique was favourite for the chop after the hugely disappointing performance and loss against Real Sociedad. Now it seems he is once again the flavour of the month.

No matter. If Barca want to keep themselves in the hunt for honours then this is a must win. As such, Malaga can't be taken lightly.

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Let's take a look at three things that could shape the outcome to this one...

Malaga's poor form

Los Boquerones are on their worst run of form this season, and Camp Nou is certainly not the venue to try and break the malaise.

No wins against the Catalans in a decade gives a hint of the task ahead.

The solitary win in the last nine was a good one, Valencia vanquished at La Rosaleda, however two defeats against Levante are a nod to just how poorly Javi Gracia's team are performing of late.

Barca's front three

Is there a better attacking line in world football at present?

For months all of the talk has been about Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo, however Barca's own triple threat are really coming into their own at just the right moment.

Lionel Messi continues to do what he does best. Not just scoring goals but assisting.

Eight of Neymar's last ten have come via a Messi assist and theirs is a reciprocal and burgeoning relationship.

With Luis Suarez beginning to find the form of his Liverpool days, Malaga will need to fight fire across all areas of the pitch.

Enrique to surpass Guardiola?

After receiving criticism from all sides during the first half of the season, Luis Enrique stands on the brink of doing something that not even Pep Guardiola managed during his four trophy-laden years.

Should Barca take all three points this weekend, then Lucho will have won a dozen games in a row, which would be a new record for the club.

With so many still keen to measure any subsequent managers success against Pep, Enrique has the chance to write his own piece of history.

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