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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Alavés

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Ernesto Valverde has called 18 players for Sunday’s game at Camp Nou

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The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Alavés to Camp Nou hoping to continue their march to the La Liga title, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 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, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Yerry Mina

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 14. Philippe Coutinho, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 22. Aleix Vidal

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Paco Alcácer

This squad was a little easier to pick for Valverde, who had more players available and less doubts. Unfortunately he can’t count on André Gomes, who missed the last training session with digestive troubles (which basically means he has diarrhea). Thomas Vermaelen and Ousmane Dembélé are unavailable due to injury, while Valverde has chosen to leave Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu out once again.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mina, Digne; Roberto, Paulinho, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Alcácer

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.