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How will Barcelona line up against Alaves?

It’s the last La Liga game of the season

Real Valladolid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona play Alaves on Sunday in the final La Liga game of the season and a match that means little to either side.

Quique Setien’s side are guaranteed to finish as runners-up but could do with a result to boost morale ahead of the return of the Champions League next month.

The Barca boss could also use a good performance from his side right now given speculation he might not be in charge for much longer.

Let’s look at who could feature at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.


Real Valladolid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Setien will have to make changes in defence with Gerard Pique and Junior Firpo both suspended for the trip to Alaves.

Barca B’s Ronald Araujo has stayed with the team and looks likely to partner Clement Lenglet in central defence, while Jordi Alba should return at left-back.


Barcelona V Real Sociedad Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic is also banned for this one but Setien does still have plenty of options to choose from.

The Barca boss made plenty of changes to his midfield last time out against Osasuna but could decide to bring Sergi Busquets and Arturo Vidal back in to his starting XI.

Frenkie de Jong is also an option to start after returning from injury last time out against Osasuna as a late substitute.


RC Celta de Vigo v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi could finally be rested for this game as there’s nothing riding on it but may fancy playing in order to strengthen his grip on the Pichichi trophy.

There’s still no Antoine Griezmann for Barcelona but Luis Suarez, Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite are all available.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Araujo, Lenglet; Alba; Frenkie, Busquets, Puig; Messi, Suarez, Ansu.

How do you think Barcelona will line up on Sunday? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and teams in the comments below!

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