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Real Bétis vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Projected Lineups

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Barcelona's latest stop in the La Liga title chase is at the Benito Villamarín Stadium for a difficult away match against mid-table side Real Bétis; Barça will play after both Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, and if both title challengers win, the Catalans will begin the game in third place with the pressure to get a victory and return to the top.

After three very good performances in a row and two straight wins with a combined score of 14-0, coach Luis Enrique is once again satisfied with his squad. Injuries and a bad stretch in the beginning of April forced Enrique to suspend his rotation system and field the Gala XI with very few alterations in basically every match.

The interesting thing here is, now that the form is back to normal, there is no need to change the lineup, especially after two days off and a full week in between matches. The entire squad has finally gotten a chance to recover, and the best eleven players in the group are certainly fit and healthy to play the final three games of the season.

There is no need to rotate the starting group, especially with the obligation to win every match. But the regained squad depth combined with the improvement allows the coach to make substitutions and maintain the level. Sergi Roberto, Arda Turan, Rafinha Alcântara and others deserve playing time, just not as starters since they're not needed as starters right now.

So expect the Liga Gala, with Claudio Bravo in goal and the other ten you already know:


Alves - Piqué - Mascherano - Alba

Rakitic - Busquets - Iniesta

Messi - Suárez - Neymar

Agree with the lineup, Blaugranes? Would you make any changes?

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