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How will Barcelona line up against PSV Eindhoven?

The visitors are without several key players

FC Barcelona v PSV - UEFA Champions League Group B Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona are back in Champions League action on Wednesday, as the Spanish champions are in the Netherlands to face PSV Eindhoven.

Ernesto Valverde has a big injury list for this one. He’ll have to make do with Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Arthur, Luis Suarez and Jasper Cillessen.

Barcelona will still be big favourites to win and clinch top spot in Group B. PSV have managed just one point so far and were beaten 4-0 at the Camp Nou.

Let’s have a look at how they might line-up for Wednesday’s game:


FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Injuries mean the defence virtually picks itself. The only question is whether Clement Lenglet may get an outing at centre-back.

A fit-again Samuel Umtitit returned alongside Gerard Pique against Atletico Madrid, he’ll be expected to continue unless there are any fitness concerns.


FC Barcelona v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League Group B Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic is available again after suspension, although there are concerns about his fitness. He suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Croatia and returned to Barcelona early.

If he does miss out that may mean a rare opportunity for Denis Suarez or Carles Alena to start.

Elsewhere, Sergio Busquets will make his 501st appearance for Barcelona, while Arturo Vidal should keep his place in the starting XI.


FC Barcelona v Sevilla FC - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

And this is where it gets really interesting with Luis Suarez ruled out, and Philippe Coutinho also a doubt due to a hamstring injury.

Lionel Messi looks set to captain the side but Munir, Ousmane Dembele and Malcom will all be hoping for a start against PSV.

Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal: Dembele, Messi, Coutinho.

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

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