Barça welcome among the finest groups in Spain in search of a spot within the semi-finals
Barcelona will look to proceed their unbeaten January and e book a spot within the Remaining 4 of the 2022-23 Copa del Rey once they welcome Actual Sociedad for a large quarterfinal conflict on the Spotify Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana stay three factors clear on the prime of the La Liga desk after a tough win over Getafe on Sunday, and whereas there may be trigger for celebration with one other essential victory within the title race the Catalans left a lot to be desired regarding the high quality of their efficiency.
They have to step up their stage to discover a approach to win towards a Sociedad aspect in sensible kind and in third place within the league desk. They’re all the time a really robust opponent, however no less than this time Barça received’t must journey to Anoeta and have the uncommon alternative of taking part in a Cup recreation at dwelling. Right here’s how we predict Xavi Hernández will line up his troops on Wednesday.
Regardless of resting all of his starters in final week’s Copa conflict Xavi didn’t return to the total power aspect towards Getafe. A few of it was compelled with Robert Lewandowski suspended however he additionally determined to relaxation a few gamers who weren’t 100% match. However the coach can have of his finest males obtainable for this one, so it’s all programs go and as near his finest group as potential.
On the again, Ronald Araujo will return after not that includes within the final two matches as a precaution having performed nearly each minute since coming back from damage. The Uruguayan must be recent and able to go, with Jules Kounde transferring to right-back and Andreas Christensen anticipated to be match once more after a small damage scare on the weekend.
All three left-backs are in competition to play, however my private choice is Alejandro Balde who was excellent the final time these two groups met and has solely gotten higher since. In purpose, a recreation of this magnitude requires the Cup debut of the in-form Marc-André ter Stegen. Sorry, Iñaki Peña.
Frenkie De Jong was the opposite one rested by Xavi on the weekend after battling a minor muscle drawback, however the Dutchman additionally benefited from the remainder and might be able to go for this one. He may return instead of Sergio Busquets if Xavi decides towards the four-man midfield and goes with extra of a basic 4-3-3, with Gavi and Pedri finishing the trio to provide the captain a relaxation.
De Jong might simply as simply exchange one of many younger stars and play with Busquets on the base of midfield, however we received’t know Xavi’s alternative till he offers some hints at his pre-match press convention and releases the official lineup an hour earlier than the match.
Lewandowski will serve the ultimate recreation of his suspension towards Girona on the weekend however is on the market for this one, and after his two-goal efficiency at Ceuta the Pole might be totally rested and able to go. He’s badly wanted towards a powerful Sociedad protection, and Ansu Fati’s disappointing efficiency in his place towards Getafe proved simply how essential Lewandowski has turn into to this group.
Ferran Torres can also be out of the Girona match and will discover himself beginning this one if Xavi goes with a standard three-man ahead line. The correct wing spot almost certainly goes to Ousmane Dembélé, although Raphinha assisted the winner on Sunday and looks as if a much bigger a part of the coach’s plans in the intervening time. Ansu Fati feels extra suited to an excellent sub function proper now, and possibly begins this one on the bench.
Doable XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Gavi, De Jong, Pedri; Dembélé, Lewandowski, Ferran (4-3-3)
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