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Granada vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Projected Lineups

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Barcelona's last game in the 2015/16 La Liga season is the biggest of the year, as the Catalan giants visit Granada needing three points to clinch the league title without having to worry about Real Madrid's result in A Coruña. It is a massive game for coach Luis Enrique, who will certainly look to play his best eleven on Saturday.

There is simply no need to make changes for the coach. The Gala XI is back to a world-beating form, rebounding from a painful slump in the beginning of April with four straight victories by a 21-0 combined score. The 'MSN' trio scored seventeen of those, proving they are back to their best, and once again lead Barça to convincing victories and great quality of football.

The only absence remains Claudio Bravo, who is still nursing a calf injury. Although there is a small chance the Chilean keeper will be medically cleared in time to travel to Andalusia, Marc-André ter Stegen is almost certain to keep the starting spot in the last league fixture as he continues to warm up for the Copa del Rey Final against Sevilla next week.

Dani Alves continues to deliver in the biggest games, and he shouldn't be benched on this one either. Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano are firmly established as a fantastic center-back pairing, and although Granada's offense isn't as scary, they still deserve attention and will certainly get it from Geri and Masche. Jordi Alba is still running more than he's thinking, but is also playing better football of late.

In the middle, Sergio Busquets is once again playing like the best defensive midfielder on Earth, and is fully fit, healthy and ready to play. Ivan Rakitic struggled in various portions of the season, but regained his form over the last few weeks and makes a huge impact with his movement, work ethic and defensive abilities. And the captain, the genius and the man who is likely to lift the trophy, Andrés Iniesta completes the side alongside 'MSN'.

Luis Enrique is unlikely to rotate in the single most important game of the entire campaign, but if he does, look out for Sergi Roberto, Jérémy Mathieu and Rafinha Alcântara, the best players on the Blaugrana bench. If there are no changes, this should be Barça's lineup at the Los Cármenes stadium:

Ter Stegen

Alves - Piqué - Mascherano - Alba

Rakitic - Busquets - Iniesta

Messi - Suárez - Neymar

What do you think, Blaugranes? Are you making any changes to the starting lineup on Saturday?