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How will Barcelona line up against Granada?

A third consecutive away match in La Liga

Athletic de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barcelona head to Granada on Saturday in La Liga and will be in good spirits after wins on the road against Huesca and Athletic Bilbao.

The team are now seven games unbeaten which has seen them rise to third place in the table in Spain’s top flight.

Next up is another tricky test at Granada, so let’s see how Barcelona might line up:


Athletic Club v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman will have to make changes to his backline as Clement Lenglet is suspended for this one after his yellow card against Athletic.

Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti are the two options Koeman has to replace the Frenchman alongside Ronald Araujo. Junior Firpo is also available if Jordi Alba needs a breather.


FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Santander Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Koeman seems unlikely to make too many changes to his midfield although Miralem Pjanic is an option to come back in. Sergio Busquets is the most likely player to drop out in that case with Frenkie de Jong in improved form currently.

De Jong and Pedri are the only two Barca players to have featured in every La Liga game so far in 2020-21 and may need a rest at some point but it would be a surprise if both players didn’t start at Los Carmenes.


Athletic Club v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

In attack it seems a straight choice between Martin Braithwaite and Antoine Griezmann to join Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele. Griezmann got the nod last time out and picked up his third La Liga assist of the season.

Messi should lead the team out again and it seems likely Dembele could make his third start in a row.

Koeman did admit after the win over Athletic the club need to manage his game time carefully, but the Frenchman was certainly impressive at San Mames on Wednesday.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Mingueza, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Messi, Pedri; Griezmann.

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

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