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How will Barcelona line up against Eibar?

It’s the final La Liga game of the season

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Barcelona head to Eibar on Sunday for their final La Liga game of an eventful season.

The title was wrapped up a little while back but Barcelona do have the Copa del Rey to play for next weekend and there are some positions up for grabs.

With that in mind let’s have a look at who might feature at Ipurua:


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There is no Marc-Andre ter Stegen against Eibar due to injury which means Jasper Cillessen will continue between the sticks for the visitors.

In front of him there are plenty of options to choose from, and we could see a pretty strong line-up at the back with Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba all featuring.

Samuel Umtiti will battle Clement Lenglet for a place in the heart of the defence, while Moussa Wague could be handed some minutes after training with the first-team this week.


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Riqui Puig has also been called up for first-team training but may have to settle for a place on the bench for this one.

Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are both fit and available, as are Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena, meaning Valverde has decisions to make in his midfield.


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He also has plenty to think about in attack with Luis Suarez now out for the rest of Barca’s season and Ousmane Dembele still sidelined.

Abel Ruiz enjoyed a decent cameo against Getafe last time out and may have earned himself a starting spot, while Malcom may also receive the nod in attack.

Expect Lionel Messi to lead the team out, fresh from receiving the Creu de Sant Jordi in the week, while Valverde may finally decide the time has come to leave Philippe Coutinho on the bench.

Possible XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Ruiz, Malcom.

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

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