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How should Barcelona line up against Eibar?

And who will replace Ousmane Dembele?

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La Liga returns on Tuesday as Barcelona face Eibar at Camp Nou and despite everything, the club go into the game top of the table with a 100% record.

They will be expected to make it five wins from five too, but with Ousmane Dembele injured and the team playing its third game in a week, Ernesto Valverde has decisions to make.

Let’s have a look at how Barca might line up:


It goes without saying that Marc-Andre ter Stegen should continue in goal but there may be changes in the back four.

Nelson Semedo did not feature at Getafe and could return, while Javier Mascherano could replace one of either Gerard Pique or Samuel Umtiti.

There’s also potential for Lucas Digne to come in for Jordi Alba at left-back.

However, Valverde has rotated little so far this season, and having conceded just once, may be tempted not to tinker with the defence too much.

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This is where it gets interesting and surely changes will be made after Saturday.

After making five starts in two weeks, Andres Iniesta was replaced at half-time against Getafe but surely he will be given a rest on Tuesday?

Ivan Rakitic was not at his best either and interestingly, both of Valverde’s substitutes on Saturday, Denis Suarez and Paulinho scored - time to reward them with a start?

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Up front there are real issues to address, not just who is going to replace Dembele but the fact that Luis Suarez is woefully out of form.

Deulofeu will probably come straight in for Dembele although there are other options, Aleix Vidal, Paco Alcacer and even Sergi Roberto could feature - Alcacer could even come in for Suarez.

The Uruguayan had quite possibly his worst ever game for Barca on Saturday but may keep his place in the hope he can find the target and start to gain some confidence.

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Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Busquets, Denis Suarez; Messi, Luis Suarez, Deulofeu.

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

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