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How will Barcelona line up against Levante?

Can the champions make it six La Liga wins in a row?

FC Barcelona v Real Valladolid - La Liga Santander Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barcelona are back in action on Saturday at Levante and will be looking to continue their winning run that has fired them to the top of La Liga.

Ernesto Valverde may have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Slavia Prague when it comes to team selection but has few injury problems to contend with.

Let’s have a look at who might feature at the Estadi Ciutat de València.


FC Barcelona v Valladolid - Liga Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona have a few injury concerns at the back as Samuel Umtiti is not yet back in full training and is likely to miss out again for the visitors.

Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet look set to continue in central defence with Nelson Semedo at right-back unless Sergi Roberto or Moussa Wague get a surprise start.

Jordi Alba should feature at left-back although he went off in the second half of Barca’s win over Valladolid, and reports suggested he asked to be substituted because of an injury concern.

The Spain international trained normally the following day, but if there are any concerns about him Barcelona could start Junior Firpo instead.


SD Eibar SAD v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Arthur should return to the squad after getting a rest against Real Valladolid and is likely to go straight back into the starting XI.

Arturo Vidal could also keep his place in the team after another decent performance against Real Valladolid, while Valverde may decide it’s time to give Frenkie de Jong a breather.

The Dutchman has started all but one of Barcelona’s games this season and could find himself on the bench for this one.


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

Ousmane Dembele is available for selection once again after serving a two-match ban for his red card against Sevilla and will be hoping to make just his third start of the season.

Antoine Griezmann started on the bench against Valladolid but could come back into the team, while Barca will be hoping for some more Messi magic after his midweek masterclass.

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Dembele.

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

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