The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Deportivo La Coruña for a big La Liga game at Camp Nou, and Ernesto Valverde has called 19 players for this one.
Just before the match, one player will be cut from the matchday squad so 18 can be in uniform. This is the full squad:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 25. Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. André Gomes
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Paco Alcácer
There are some great news in this list: Iniesta is back! The club captain has recovered from a muscle injury and will probably get a few minutes in this one to get ready for El Clásico, and Mascherano is also back after several weeks off. Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembélé, Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcântara miss out through injury, while Arda Turan is left out per Valverde’s decision.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-1-2):
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Gomes; Messi; Alcácer, Suárez
The match kicks off on Sunday at 8:45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7:45pm GMT (UK), 2:45pm ET, 11:45am PT (USA), 1:15am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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