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Predicted 4-4-2 Barcelona Starting Lineup Vs Olympiacos: Paulinho To Start

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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.

Barcelona have continued their good form in the La Liga and will be hoping to carry it in Europe when they host Greek side Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp. The Catalans have maintained solid form in all competitions this season and are currently unbeaten.

On the other hand, Olympiacos have failed to accumulate a single point from the last two outings and would be eager to grind out something from this match. However, they need to push themselves to the limit in order to win even a point against the Spanish giants.

Newly appointed Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has hit the purple patch since he has been given the charge at the Nou Camp. The 53-year-old will come face to face against his former club which he used to manage a long time ago.

Valverde has been very experimental with his tactics and has broken the conventional 4-3-3 regime as he also used the simpler 4-4-2 formation on many occasions.

Predicted 4-4-2 Barcelona Starting Lineup Against Olympiacos

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will be guarding the Catalan goal. The 25-year-old has been pretty consistent with his display and is expected to retain his place in goal.

The former Athletic Bilbao gaffer has so far maintained a steady defensive setup and we could witness the same backline in this game too.

Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique have beefed up the Barcelona defence and will feature once again in the heart of the defence.

The two full backs position will be retained by Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo respectively.

Midfield

Sergio Busquets showed why he is still so admired at the Catalan club as the 29-year-old was phenomenal against Atletico Madrid in the last match as he pulled all the strings in the Barcelona midfield to keep things steady. He is likely to be unleashed once again in this match.

Busquets will have the company of Paulinho in midfield. Since his multimillion-pound move from Guangzhou Evergrande, the Brazilian international has been pretty good with his display in midfield and should get the nod ahead of Ivan Rakitic.

Andres Iniesta will start on the left side of the midfield. The midfield maestro recently pledged his future to the club by signing on the dotted line to a lifetime contract and would be eager to repay his faith with good showings.

Sergi Roberto will start on the right side.

Attack

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will lead the attack for the Catalans.

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