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Barcelona vs Alavés, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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Can Barça continue their march to the title with another home win?

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Barcelona v Espanyol - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona (1st, 54pts) vs Alavés (16th, 19pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 21

Barcelona injuries: Ousmane Dembélé, Thomas Vermaelen, André Gomes (illness)

Alavés injuries: Héctor Hernández, Burgui, Rodrigo Ely (suspended), Tomás Pina (suspended)

Date/Time: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 20:45 CET/WAT (Barcelona/Nigeria), 19:45 GMT (UK), 14:45 EST, 11:45 PST (USA), 01:15 IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


After eliminating crosstown rivals Espanyol and learning they’ll face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Barcelona must turn their attention back to La Liga this weekend for what could be a tough one against the rivals from last year’s Cup Final: Deportivo Alavés come to Camp Nou in a tough run of form and very much part of a relegation battle, but they’re a good defensive team who can cause problems.

But we could see a double debut on Sunday night! Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho are likely to start for the first time in a Barcelona shirt against Alavés, and they might play important parts in Barça winning this one. Let’s wait and see.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mina, Digne; Roberto, Paulinho, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Alcácer

Alavés (4-4-2): Pacheco; Martín, Alexis, Laguardia, Duarte; Gómez, García, Torres, Pedraza; Guidetti, Munir


PREDICTION

Alavés always make games against us really tough, but we’ll get the win: 2-0 Barça.