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La Liga returns this weekend and Levante are the visitors to Camp Nou on Sunday.

Barcelona will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run against a side just three points off the drop zone.

Ernesto Valverde will make changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Celta Vigo on Thursday, so let’s have a look at how they might line up…


Marc-Andre ter Stegen will return in goal after Jasper Cillessen featured in the Copa del Rey. At right-back Nelson Semedo impressed against Celta and could keep his place ahead of Sergi Roberto.

Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen should both feature at centre-back, with Samuel Umtiti still injured, with Jordi Alba coming back in at left-back, after Lucas Digne deputised in midweek.

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Valverde has decisions to make in midfield with Sergio Busquets suspended after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Clasico win over Real Madrid.

Roberto could come into the midfield, as could Andre Gomes who put in a decent showing against Celta Vigo.

Elsewhere, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho should complete the midfield as Valverde goes with his strongest available XI.

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Ousmane Dembele is fit and available but it looks like he may have to wait for a starting spot after four months out.

Therefore we should see both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez make their first appearances of 2018.

Copa del Rey goalscorer Jose Arnaiz may also make the squad after not being called up by the B team and with Paco Alcacer still out injured.

Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez.

Who do you think should start against Levante? Let us know your thoughts and lineups in the comments below!