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Ernesto Valverde has called 18 players for Sunday’s trip to Anoeta

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Basque Country for a very difficult La Liga game away to Real Sociedad, and Ernesto Valverde has called 18 players to be in uniform on Sunday night.

This is the full list:

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, 20. Sergi Roberto, 25. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 21. André Gomes, 22. Aleix Vidal*

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé

*UPDATE: Nélson Semedo was ruled out on Sunday morning with tonsillitis, with Aleix Vidal taking his place in the squad.

There are no surprises in this list, with the usual big names in and most of the players who haven’t been called up still out. Samuel Umtiti, Paco Alcácer and Philippe Coutinho miss out through injury, Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcântara are out per Valverde’s decision, and new signing Yerry Mina is still not ready to make his debut.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

The match kicks off at 20:45 CET/WAT (Barcelona/Nigeria), 19:45 GMT (UK), 14:45 EST, 11:45 PST (USA), 01:15 IST (India, next day), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.