The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Leganés to Camp Nou trying to make it seven league wins in a row on Sunday night, and Ernesto Valverde has called up the following 19 players* for the game:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 17. Jeison Murillo, 18. Jordi Alba, 24. Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Carles Aleñá, 22. Arturo Vidal
Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 14. Malcom
*A few minutes before the game, one player will be cut from the squad since only 18 can be in uniform.
The good news here is the return of Thomas Vermaelen, who is back after missing several weeks with a muscle injury. Sergi Samper is also cleared to play, but the midfielder misses out along with Denis Suarez per the manager’s decision. Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha are out due to injury.
Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé
The match kicks off at 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.
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