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Barcelona vs Real Betis, 2016 La Liga: Confirmed Lineups, Live Game Thread

Live thread with confirmed lineups for Barcelona's La Liga opening match against Real Betis

FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijon - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Welcome to La Liga! The opening weekend of the best league on the planet (yes) is finally here, and the champions begin their title defense at home! Barcelona face Real Betis, and the Blaugrana hope to kick off the league season with a victory.

Camp Nou is ready for the game. The lines are perfect!

The players have arrived...

... And the lineups are out!


Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3):

Bravo | Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba | Busquets, Rakitic, Denis | Messi, Suárez, Arda

Substitutes from: Masip, Douglas, Vidal, Digne, Samper, Kaptoum, Munir

Coach: Luis Enrique


Real Betis starting lineup (5-3-2 / 3-5-2):

Adán | Cejudo, Bruno, Mandi, Pezzela, Durmisi | Petros, Jonas, Felipe | Sanabria, Castro

Substitutes from: Giménez, Musonda, Ceballos, Joaquin, Alegría, Fabián, José Carlos

Coach: Gustavo Poyet


No surprises in the lineup from Luis Enrique. Sergi Roberto appears to be the number one right-back in this young season, and gets the nod for the league opener. Despite his great preseason, Lucas Digne goes to the bench as Jordi Alba starts. Arda Turan is once again a winger, which means Lucho is smart. Lionel Messi is your captain. Alberto Undiano Mallenco is the referee. Couple penalties, please?

Please keep the thread fun and respectful. We're all nice people who like football and there's no need to insult each other. Users that post offensive comments, as well as illegal stream links, will be banned. Have fun and VISCA EL BARÇA!

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