It's time for the Catalunya Derby! In a few hours, Barcelona will face Espanyol at Camp Nou, and a convincing win is very important in terms of gaining the necessary confidence to play against Paris Saint-Germain in three days. However, the local rivalry shouldn't be forgotten, and coach Luis Enrique selected a strong squad to show he didn't forget about the game as well.
Other than Thomas Vermaelen, who's out for the season, Enrique doesn't have any injury concerns for this game. The other 22 first-team members are ready to go, but not all of them could be in the squad; per Enrique's decision, Martín Montoya, Douglas, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Masip will not be in uniform tonight.
These are the eighteen men named by Lucho for the match:
1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Xavi, 7. Pedro, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 21. Adriano, 22. Dani Alves, 24. Jérémy Mathieu, 31. Munir El-Haddadi
Expected Starting Lineup (4-3-1-2):
Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Rafinha; Messi; Suárez, Neymar
The game starts at 17:00 CET, and you can follow all the action right here, at Barça Blaugranes.
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