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Koeman To Make Just One Key Change | Predicted 4-2-3-1 FC Barcelona Lineup Vs Celta Vigo

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Jack O’Brien
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FC Barcelona are looking to continue their bright start to the campaign as they face Celta Vigo away from home on Thursday. The Blaugrana kickstarted their new era under Ronald Koeman on a positive note by securing a 4-0 win over Villarreal. Still, things could be trickier against a Celta Vigo side, who have a good home record versus Barca.

Predicted FC Barcelona Lineup Vs Celta Vigo

Defence

Koeman has to deal with some notable injury-related absentees in defence including Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Neto deputised for the injured German in the last game, and he will continue to do so this midweek.

Sergi Roberto is a guaranteed starter at right-back, following the departure of Nelson Semedo. But things could soon change as Sergino Dest closes in on a move to Catalonia.

Jordi Alba is another starter on the opposite flank, but Koeman could miss out on the services of Jean Clair-Todibo and Samuel Umtiti in central defence. It will make a minimal difference though as the Dutchman was unlikely to shift away from his trusted defensive duo of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at the heart of Barca’s four-man backline.

Predicted FC Barcelona Lineup Vs Celta Vigo - Messi to start.
BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 16: Lionel Messi of Barcelona shakes hands with Ronald Koeman, Manager of FC Barcelona after he is substituted during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and Girona at Estadi Johan Cruyff on September 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Midfield

It might be wise from Koeman’s part to make at least one alteration in central midfield in order to cope with the hectic schedule of the 2020/21 campaign. Sergio Busquets, in particular, could make way for new signing Miralem Pjanic, who is poised to make his starting debut for FC Barcelona this midweek.

The Bosnian international is set to feature alongside the ever-present figure of Frenkie de Jong in the double-pivot. Carles Alena, Riqui Puig and Busquets are potential alternatives for Koeman in the middle of the park.

Attack

Barcelona have very little reason to make any changes to the attack that scored four goals against Villarreal. Lionel Messi, in particular, is a guaranteed starter in the false nine role with the Argentine desperate to extend his scoring tally.

As for the others, both Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho impressed in the last game and should retain their respective places in the starting lineup. The same applies to Antoine Griezmann, although the Frenchman might not make the full ninety minutes with his compatriot Ousmane Dembele also looking for some first-team action.

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