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FC Barcelona News: 28 January 2018; 18 in Squad to Face Alaves, Barcelona B Hammer Granada

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2018 Copa Del Rey Football Espanyol v FC Barcelona Jan 17th Photo by Pedro Salado/Action Plus via Getty Images

MATCH PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés | FC Barcelona
Barça could match the club record set under Pep Guardiola in 2009/10 of going 21 games into a league season without losing once. Up against them is a side that that will be looking to repeat their shock victory on their last visit to the Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Alavés no easy fixture’ | FC Barcelona
“I think their cup performance has boosted their confidence, even though they lost. And I don’t think the exertions will affect them. I’d prefer to have played a game on Wednesday that went into extra time than a game on Thursday that didn’t.”

Squad announced for Barça v Alavés | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde has named his squad for Sunday’s game against Alavés at the Camp Nou, with Andre Gomes a last-minute absentee after he missed training on Saturday due to digestive troubles. New boys Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina are both included again, while Denis Suárez and Gerard Deulofeu are the players the coach has decided to leave out, along with the injured duo of Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Vermaelen.

A football test for Yerry Mina | FC Barcelona
What is Yerry Mina’s aim? What does the Colombian prefer, to score a goal or to stop one? Which title does he want to win with the Blaugrana? The central defender, who was called up into the FC Barcelona squad for the first time to face Betis, faces a series of questions about football.

Barça B 3-0 Granada: Morale boosting win | FC Barcelona
Barça B were excellent value for their 3-0 defeat of Granada on Saturday, a result that has pulled them out of the relegation zone, pending the outcome of other games later this weekend. Carles Aleñá, Juan Miranda and Marc Cardona got the goals against a side that are battling to return to the top flight.