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Barcelona face Celta Vigo on Thursday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash with the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Balaidos.

Despite having home advantage, Ernesto Valverde may go for a stronger lineup, particularly as Celta have caused Barca all sorts of problems recently.

Here’s a look at how Barca might line up at Camp Nou...


Jasper Cillessen should return in goal and at right-back we may see Nelson Semedo again as he looked pretty sharp last week against Celta.

In central defence Gerard Pique could partner Javier Mascherano, as Thomas Vermaelen trained separately on Tuesday, suggesting he has a knock.

Jordi Alba also trained away from the group, so expect Lucas Digne to step in at left-back.

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Valverde has plenty of options in midfield and it will be interesting to see how strong a lineup he starts with.

Carles Alena didn’t start the first leg but has been training with the group this week, while Andre Gomes looked sharp at Balaidos and may get another chance.

Denis Suarez will also be pushing for a start while Ousmane Dembele could start again in a wide position.

Sergio Busquets could return after missing the Levante clash through suspension while Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho are also available but Andres Iniesta may be rested.

FC Barcelona v Levante - La Liga Santander Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images


Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez did not even make the squad for the first leg but that should change for the return.

Whether either will start, remains to be seen, but Jose Arnaiz with three goals so far in the tournament, should probably get the nod again.

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Possible starting line-up: Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne; Dembele, Busquets, Denis Suarez, Gomes; Arnaiz, Luis Suarez.

Who do you think should start on Thursday? Let us know your thoughts and line-ups in the comments below!