How will Barça line up towards Valladolid?
The champions proceed their finish of season schedule with a troublesome street journey
Barcelona’s celebrations of the 2022-23 La Liga title are formally over after the champions lifted the trophy at residence following Saturday’s loss to Actual Sociedad, and now they’ve three video games left on the schedule earlier than the league season ends.
The primary is away to Actual Valladolid, who’re enjoying for survival and operating out of time within the relegation scrap. They badly want a end result and can give every part to take factors from the champions in entrance of the house crowd, whereas Barça will look to rebound from a troublesome defeat and have a strong end to the marketing campaign.
Right here’s how we predict Xavi Hernández will line up his troops for Tuesday’s battle:
Xavi is predicted to proceed his rotations on this one to not solely relaxation the heavy-minute gamers from the season however to additionally give possibilities to the perimeter members of the primary workforce, however he’ll additionally attempt to put out a aggressive aspect that wishes to get again to profitable methods.
On the again, Ronald Araujo is predicted to return after being rested on the weekend with what the membership known as a “calf problem”, however there isn’t a indication the Uruguayan has an actual harm and will probably be totally match after getting 10 days off since his final look. Jules Kounde was substituted at halftime within the final sport and can most likely characteristic on this one, most definitely at right-back if Araujo is certainly again.
The opposite two spots are up for grabs, with Marcos Alonso, Eric García and Jordi Alba the most definitely to characteristic with Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde in want of a relaxation. We go together with Alonso and Alba right here.
Gavi is again from suspension and can absolutely return to the lineup, and the identical is predicted of Pedri who like Araujo was rested on the weekend with a “problem” and never an harm, so the magician will probably be match once more and able to carry out some methods.
Frenkie De Jong performed all 90 minutes on the weekend and is predicted to get a relaxation on this one, with Sergio Busquets more likely to retain his pivot spot because the captain performs his closing video games with the membership. Franck Kessie and Pablo Torre are additionally in competition, however three of the 4 star midfielders are our selection right here.
Ousmane Dembélé lastly began a sport after 4 months, however given the quick turnaround from Saturday night time it’s unlikely the Frenchman will get two begins in a row. And with Raphinha most likely getting a relaxation on this one for rotation functions, Robert Lewandowski can have two new companions up entrance.
Our selection is Ferran Torres on the suitable and Ansu Fati on the left. Each had strong cameos on the weekend off the bench and can look to make an affect from the beginning, offering artistic spark for Pichichi hopeful Lewandowski and possibly discovering the online themselves.
Potential XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Alonso, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Ferran, Lewandowski, Fati (4-3-3)
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