Messi To Start, Key Defender Out | 4-3-3 Predicted Barcelona Lineup vs Slavia Prague

Barcelona romped to a comfortable win in La Liga this past weekend, with the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, and Lionel Messi scoring one goal each to win 3-0 against Eibar.

The Catalan giants now shift their focus towards the Champions League as they face Slavia Prague on Wednesday night.

Barca are second in Group F, level on points with Borussia Dortmund, who top the table on goal difference.

Manager Ernesto Valverde has an almost full-strength squad to pick for the La Liga side’s trip to Czech Republic. Barcelona’s clash with Real Madrid, which was supposed to take place in the coming weekend, has been postponed due to unrest in Catalonia, which means that Valverde could play a strong side against Slavia Prague.

Barcelona Team News

Sergi Roberto started the game against Eibar at right-back, but he strained a ligament in his left knee and was replaced by Nélson Semedo.

Let’s take a look at the possible Barcelona lineup against Slavia Prague:

Predicted Barcelona Lineup vs Slavia Prague

Goalkeeper

Marc-André ter Stegen is fit and will start the game against Slavia Prague on Wednesday night.

Defence

Samuel Umtiti started for Barcelona against Eibar, returning from injury to play his first game of the season, and completing the entire 90 minutes. Gerard Pique missed the clash against Eibar due to suspension, but should return for the Champions League game, and play alongside Clément Lenglet at the back.

Semedo will most likely make the Barcelona lineup, while Jordi Alba will start at left-back. Junior Firpo could make the bench after he, too, returned from injury.

Midfield

Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, and Sergio Busquets started the match against Eibar, and it looks like the trio could once again play in midfield for the game against Slavia Prague.

Arturo Vidal is another option, if Valverde wants to add some energy in midfield.

Attack

Messi, Suarez, and Griezmann got on the scoresheet against Eibar, with the trio scoring in the same match for the first time.

It would be a surprise if Valverde replaced any one of the three from his team for the game against Slavia Prague.

Ousmane Dembélé is an option for Valverde as the Frenchman sat out the game against Eibar due to a suspension.

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