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How should Barcelona line up against Deportivo La Coruna?

The Blaugrana are back in action on Sunday

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Barcelona return to action on Sunday with Deportivo La Coruna the visitors to Camp Nou in the club’s final home game of 2017.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will want to sign off with a victory but there are decisions to be made ahead of the clash.

Here’s how they might line up:


Probably the only question defensively is whether Valverde will go with Nelson Semedo or Sergi Roberto at right-back.

Sergi got the nod last weekend, so Semedo could come back in with Thomas Vermaelen continuing to partner Gerard Pique in the absence of Samuel Umtiti.

Barca will be hoping Jordi Alba can continue his fine form at left-back, while goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will feature in goal.

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This is where it gets tricky for Valverde. Does he risk Sergio Busquets who is just one booking away from a suspension?

There are also question marks over whether Andres Iniesta is fit after missing out due to injury recently.

The Barca boss does have options with Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto both available as well as Denis Suarez.

Elsewhere, it’s likely that Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho will start with Valverde likely to continue with his 4-4-2.

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Like Busquets, Luis Suarez has also notched up four yellow cards this season and is at risk of missing El Clasico but it would still be a surprise if he didn’t start.

Paco Alcacer could come in, and there’s an argument he perhaps deserves to start ahead of the Uruguayan at the moment.

Completing the line-up will, of course, be Lionel Messi, who has scored in eight of his last nine appearances against Depor.

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Predicted line-up: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Vermaelen, Pique, Alba: Paulinho, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Suarez, Messi.

Who would you like to see start against Deportivo? Let us know your thoughts and line-ups in the comments below!

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