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How will Barcelona line up against Eibar?

The champions are back in La Liga action on Sunday

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Barcelona welcome Eibar to the Camp Nou on Sunday, as Ernesto Valverde’s men return to La Liga action.

Most of the first team were rested for Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash against Levante but will be expected to return against Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side.

Let’s have a look at who might feature:


Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Valverde fielded a much-changed defence against Levante but Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba should all start.

Right-back still seems to be a toss up between Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto, the Portuguese star featured in midweek which suggests it’s Sergi’s turn on Sunday.


FC Barcelona v Cultural Leonesa - Copa del Rey - Fourth Round Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic was given the night off against Levante but should come straight back into the starting XI. Both Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal played all 90 minutes on Thursday and it’s possible one or both could drop out.

Arthur will be hoping to keep his place after starting against Getafe, while Denis Suarez’s impressive cameo against Levante may have done enough to earn him some minutes.


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

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will return to the XI, while Ousmane Dembele could move back to his preferred position after featuring in a central role on Thursday.

Valverde could also look to use Philippe Coutinho or Malcom but neither impressed against Levante and may have to settle for a place on the bench.

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

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

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