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How will Barcelona line up against Leganes?

The champions head to Butarque on Wednesday

FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona are back in action on Wednesday night, as they head to Butarque to take on La Liga’s bottom side Leganes.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have yet to win in the league this season and have lost their last three games in a row.

Let’s have a look at how Barcelona might line-up for this one.


Barcelona Training Session and Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

There may be a few changes at the back ahead of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Sergi Roberto will likely come in for Nelson Semedo at right-back.

Gerard Pique should continue but Valverde must decide who partners him at centre-back.

Clement Lenglet will be suspended, so Thomas Vermaelen could get a rare chance to impress and stake a claim to replace Samuel Umtiti for the Champions League game at Spurs.

Jordi Alba is expected to continue at left-back, although there are reports youngster Juan Miranda could make the squad for the first time in La Liga.


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

Valverde shuffled his midfield against Girona and may do the same again. Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho were left out of the starting XI last time but could return.

He does have plenty of options if he does want to switch things around. Denis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Arthur are all available, while Rafinha will be hoping for a chance after being left out of the squad altogether against Girona.


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

Ousmane Dembele was sacrificed at half-time against Girona because of Clement Lenglet’s red card but will be hoping for a start.

Malcom is also fit again after ankle trouble and may see some game time, but it’s more likely he’ll feature off the bench.

Munir El Haddadi is also an option if Valverde wants to freshen up his attack. He’s been in the last four squads but has only managed one minute of action so far.

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

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Leganes? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and team selections in the comments below!

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