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How will Barcelona line up against Leganes?

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La Liga resumes on Saturday as Barcelona head to Leganes and Ernesto Valverde has plenty of decisions to make with regards his starting line up.

There will be no Javier Mascherano due to injury, while Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique are both just one booking away from a suspension.

Meanwhile, up front Luis Suarez has not scored in his last five games while Paco Alcacer grabbed two last time out.

Here’s how they might line up on Saturday…


With Mascherano out it seems likely Umtiti and Pique will start, but they will need to be careful as a booking will see them miss the trip to Valencia.

Nelson Semedo should start at right-back with Jordi Alba, who bagged two goals in two games for Spain over the international break, will be at left-back with Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.

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It’s difficult to predict what formation Barcelona might play against Leganes, but it’s quite possible Valverde could go for a 4-4-2 or even a 4-3-1-2.

Either way it seems likely that Ivan Rakitic, Segio Busquests and Andres Iniesta should start. Iniesta played 74 minutes for Spain against Costa Rica but only the first 45 minutes against Russia.

However, Valverde may also have one eye on the game against Juventus on Wednesday, which could affect his line up for this one.

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Paco Alcacer’s two goals against Sevilla may be enough to give him another chance in the starting line up. Suarez was given a rest over the international break, staying in Barca to work on his fitness, and hopefully that will have a positive impact on his form. Lionel Messi, of course, completes the team.

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Predicted starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Alcacer, Messi, Suarez.

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

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