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How should Barcelona line up against Las Palmas?

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Barcelona head to Las Palmas on Thursday in La Liga and Ernesto Valverde has plenty of decisions to make with regards his starting line-up.

Jordi Alba is suspended, Nelson Semedo is injured and Barca also have the small matter of a game with Atletico Madrid on Sunday to think about.

Bearing all that in mind, let’s have a look at who could feature on Thursday.


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Sergi Roberto and Lucas Digne should be Barca’s full-backs against Las Palmas and hopefully Gerard Pique will be given the night off and a chance to rest his knee injury.

Thomas Vermaelen should come into central defence alongside Samuel Umtiti with Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal as usual.


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Valverde has plenty to think about in midfield with Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho having started together against Girona for the first time and helped the team to a 6-1 victory.

They might both feature again, although Valverde could opt to bring Andres Iniesta back in and Andre Gomes and Aleix Vidal are also options.

Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets could probably do with a break, but it’s unlikely both will be rested and Paulinho could return to the starting line-up having dropped out against Girona.


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This is the tricky bit because Luis Suarez is just a booking away from a suspension and it would be a good idea not to risk him with Atletico up next.

Paco Alcacer could come in, but he missed training so it’s unclear if he’s going to be match fit.

If Suarez does sit this one out expect Lionel Messi to start and if he shows the same form as he did against Girona, it will be a long evening for Las Palmas.

Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Vermaelen, Umtiti, Digne; Dembele, Paulinho, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Alcacer.

How do you think Barca should line up against Las Palmas? Let us know your line-ups and predictions in the comments below!

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