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How will Barcelona line up against Girona?

Back to La Liga action on Sunday

Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Barcelona are back to work in La Liga on Sunday, as Girona are the visitors to the Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde’s side were in Champions League action in midweek, and face Leganes on Wednesday so there could be a few changes.

Let’s have a look at who could feature:


Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Will we see changes in defence this week? Valverde will certainly have it on his mind after Samuel Umtiti was sent off against PSV. The centre-back will miss the Spurs game, so either Clement Lenglet or Thomas Vermaelen will come in.

The manager may want to give either player some game time before the Wembley clash, and he’ll have to decide whether to bring them in against Girona, Leganes or Athletic Bilbao.

The only other change could be at right-back. Nelson Semedo was hooked at half-time against Real Sociedad last time out in La Liga, but he could get another chance.


FC Barcelona v Boca Juniors - Joan Gamper Trophy Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona have so many midfield options we could see changes against Girona.

Arturo Vidal and Arthur (if he’s fit) look the most likely players to come in, although Rafinha, Denis Suarez, Rafinha, Sergi Samper and Carles Alena are all available.


FC Barcelona v PSV - UEFA Champions League Group B Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The attack looks like the least likely place where Valverde will rotate. Ousmane Dembele is in great form, Lionel Messi is scoring goals for fun and Luis Suarez seems to have shrugged off a slow start.

The last time the teams played at the Camp Nou Barcelona ran out 6-1 winners with Suarez bagging a hat-trick and Messi scoring twice.

Probable starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho: Messi, Suarez, Dembele.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Girona? Let us know your line-ups, thoughts and predictions in the comments below!

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