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Barcelona eyeing La Liga records against Deportivo

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It will be party time at Camp Nou on Saturday win, lose or draw.

Barcelona's win at Atletico Madrid means that they can ease off the pedal in their final match against Deportivo La Coruna, and the visitors are hoping that will be the case.

That's because the Galicians still aren't out of the woods as far as relegation is concerned and have to win this match to be mathematically certain of keeping their position in the Spanish top flight.

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For Depor at least, this is a match that means everything and you can be assured that their XI players will sweat blood to take the three points from this fixture.

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

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Records at stake

Although Barcelona can feasibly lose this and only have their pride dented, the chances are that Luis Enrique won't countenance such an attitude.

Whilst records are incidental to winning matches, there are three more that can be achieved against Depor and the manager will surely use this as motivation for his troops.

23 clean sheets is already a record for the Spanish top flight, Claudio Bravo can extend this on Saturday. Similarly, 48 wins in a single season is a Spanish record already. Two more would make it a nice round 50.

And with Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez just four goals away from a new all-time one-season scoring record, it's likely that all three will want to get amongst the goals here.

Xavi's last home match

There won't be a dry eye in the house when Xavi Hernandez and not Andres Iniesta gets the honour of lifting the La Liga trophy at the end of this game.

A tribute to the legendary Blaugrana is also planned after the match and there is little doubt that his colleagues will want to give him the best possible send off on the pitch.

An end of season stroll will play right into the hands of their visitors and will put a huge dampener on the party atmosphere. Professional pride dictates that Barca will want to finish the league season in the best possible way.

Do or die for Depor

It all comes down to this. 

Deportivo have clawed some vital points back in their last few games to give themselves a fighting chance of staying up. Who knows, they could even lose here and still retain their La Liga status.

But the visitors will be going all out for 90 minutes to win a match that would mean it doesn't matter what happens elsewhere.

Centre-forward Oriol Riera will have more to prove than most. The journeyman professional started his career at Barcelona but was binned by the club before making an appearance for the senior side.

If his goals keep Depor in the division, what a story that would be.

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