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How will Barcelona line up against Huesca?

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Ronald Koeman’s men are back in action on Sunday

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Barcelona kick off 2021 on Sunday with a trip to Huesca in La Liga and will want to start off the new year in the right way by taking home all three points.

Captain Lionel Messi is expected to return after missing the draw at home to Eibar, while Barcelona will be without Philippe Coutinho who is set to undergo knee surgery.

Let’s look at how they might line up:

Defense

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Koeman has started with three central defenders in Barca’s last two games but it’s not clear if he will continue with that formation against Huesca.

The Catalan giants have no new injury problems at the back and will be able to welcome left-back Jordi Alba back from a one-match suspension.

Junior Firpo came in for Alba against Eibar and put in one of his better performances in a Barcelona shirt but is likely to drop back down to the bench for this one.

Midfield

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Sergio Busquets has dropped out of the team in Barca’s last couple of games and may have to be content with a place on the bench once again for this once.

Pedri and Frenkie de Jong look like guaranteed starters, while Miralem Pjanic seems to be slowly winning Koeman around after a slow start to his Barcelona career.

Attack

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Messi should go straight back into the team after a brief spell out where he received treatment on an ankle injury over the Christmas break.

Ousmane Dembele could also come into the starting XI after coming off the bench and scoring the equalizer against Eibar.

Martin Braithwaite and Antoine Griezmann will also be hoping to get the nod and will fancy their chances of scoring against a team bottom of the league table.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Messi, Pedri, Griezmann.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Huesca? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and teams in the comments below!