4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Athletic Bilbao: Deulofeu And Iniesta To Start?

It should be a comfortable fixture for Barcelona when they travel to the San Mames Stadium to take on Athletic Bilbao. Ernesto Valverde will be hoping to brush aside the Basque club which he used to manage.

It was his managerial skills at that club which impressed his current employer and he has been hired to succeed Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp in this season and since then the Catalans have been on a fine run.

Valverde fielded a second string side in the Copa del Rey and the Spanish giants didn’t encounter any problems as they blanked Real Murcia to reach the next stage. The likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez didn’t play a part and will be fresh to start the proceedings in this match.

Athletic Bilbao had one of the worse starts possible as they have mustered just one win so far which came against Sevilla.  Bilbao manager Cuco Ziganda has nothing to lose and would fancy a chance against the mighty Barcelona.

Predicted 4-3-3 Barcelona Starting Lineup Against Athletic Bilbao

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen has been a true warrior for the Nou Camp outfit and will continue his progress in the Barcelona goal. The German international’s rise to prominence hasn’t gone unnoticed and he should see out this match with ease.

Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti have complemented well each other and Valverde is likely to unleash this pair to put a barrier to the Bilbao attack. Jordi Alba has recovered from his groin injury and should feature in this match.

Sergi Roberto will try to make his presence felt on the right side of the defence.

Midfield

Sergio Busquets has galvanised the Barcelona midfield and will have to play an important role in this game. His impeccable presence at the base of the midfield has helped the other midfielders to up their ante. Despite the growing age, Andres Iniesta has remained a valuable part of the starting lineup an should start this match.

Ivan Rakitic has been inconsistent at times but if the Catalans are to take anything from this match, he needs to step up.

Attack

Gerard Deulofeu will be hoping to put an impressive showing in this match. He will operate from the left wing. Lionel Messi will start from the right side but will have the license to roam around the pitch.

Luis Suarez had a mixed season so far and will lead the attack. Here is how they might line up:

football formations

Loading...
The following two tabs change content below.

Anirban Sarkar

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Share This Article

Manchester City To Raid Bayern Munich For Yet Another Full-Back: Should Pep Get It Done?

Next Story »

Manchester United First Team Star To Be Offered A New Deal: A Big U-Turn From Mourinho?

T40 SCOUTING

  • Has Harry Maguire Solved Manchester United’s Defensive Problems?

    1 week ago

    In a summer that saw £1.41bn spent on transfers in the Premier League, one move stood out from the rest for several reasons. Harry Maguire is a ...

    Read More
  • Strength And Weakness Of This New Leeds United Signing And Where Will He Fit Into Bielsa’s Plans?

    2 months ago

    Leeds United have confirmed that they had completed the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese winger Helder Costa. The winger has joined initially on a year-long loan deal, but ...

    Read More
  • With Hay Confirming Forward Is Close To Joining Leeds United, We Do A Scout Report On The Player

    2 months ago

    Leeds United squandered a glorious opportunity to return to the top flight despite enjoying a boisterous start to their 2018-19 campaign. But a lack of depth, as ...

    Read More
  • A Full Profile On Liverpool’s First Summer Signing Sepp van den Berg: What He Will Bring To Anfield?

    2 months ago

    Liverpool have confirmed on their official website that Sepp van den Berg will complete his move to Anfield from PEC Zwolle in July. The Dutch teenager has become ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Are On The Brink Of Sealing Move For This Defensive Ace: A Complete Scout Report

    2 months ago

    According to a recent report by the Telegraph, Liverpool have won the chase to secure the services of PEC Zwolle centre-back Sepp van den Berg during the summer transfer ...

    Read More