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How should Barcelona line up against Valencia?

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The champions are at Mestalla on Sunday

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Barcelona head to Valencia on Sunday aiming to end a run of three La Liga games without a win.

The team should be in good spirits after a morale-boosting 4-2 win over Spurs in midweek in the Champions League.

Sunday’s match is their last game before the international break, and they will be keen to get the win which will keep them on top of their table.

Here’s a look at how they could line-up.


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There’s been no update from Barcelona on Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti this week so presumably the duo are still injured and will miss out.

If that is the case then it makes the defence pretty ease to figure out.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will continue in goal with Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba the full-backs and Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at centre-back.


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Here’s where it gets interesting. Will Ernesto Valverde continue with Arthur? Will Ousmane Dembele return? Will Arturo Vidal get a start after apparently throwing a strop in midweek?

Lots of questions for Ernesto Valverde to answer, and it’s difficult to know what the Barcelona boss will go with for what is bound to be a tough game.

There must be a temptation to stick with the same team that played so well at Wembley on Wednesday. But then that would be harsh on Dembele who’s started the season well.

There’s also a guy called Malcom somewhere...


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Lionel Messi started the last Liga match on the bench but it seems unlikely that will happen again, as he won’t be in action during the international break.

There have been reports Luis Suarez is struggling with a knee injury so he could sit this one out. Munir looks the most likely choice if he is injured, although Dembele could come in for the Uruguayan too.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Valencia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!