Line-ups: Espanyol-Barca

Andres Iniesta has been left out of the Barcelona team to face Espanyol this afternoon.

Tata Martino’s men went into the game knowing that three points would, for a few hours at least, take them to the top of the table.

But they did so without Iniesta, who was left out in place of Xavi – the veteran lining up alongside Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas in midfield.

With Victor Valdes out for the season, Jose Pinto was given a start in goal, whilst Pedro came in up front to play with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a front three.

The Periquitos meanwhile were led by captain and talisman Sergio Garica.

Espanyol: Casilla, Javi López, Colotto, Moreno, Fuentes, Víctor Sánchez, David López, Simao, Pizzi, Stuani, Sergio García

Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Neymar