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Coutinho To Return, Pedri On The Bench | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Levante

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Barcelona will entertain Levante at the Nou Camp on Sunday night looking to bounce back in La Liga by picking up all three points at home. The Catalan giants have suffered back to back losses against Cadiz and Juventus across all competitions, so Ronald Koeman will be eager to get a positive response from his players when they host Paco Lopez’s side this weekend.

The home team will set themselves up in a 4-3-3 formation with Koeman expected to bring back most of his first-team stars for this game at Catalonia. Hence, we can expect to see Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets return to the Barca first-team as they look to produce a productive performance at their own home ground.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Levante

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will lineup as Koeman’s first-choice keeper after he shipped in three poor goals against Juventus in midweek. Samuel Umtiti could get the nod to start along with Oscar Mingueza at the centre of the Barca backline as they focus on maintaining a good shape at the back during the 90 minutes.

Clement Lenglet sustained a knock on his ankle last weekend and was taken off early versus Juve in midweek. Therefore, Koeman could hand him a much-needed rest following his heavy involvement in recent weeks.

Sergiño Dest will look to impress as the right-back while Jordi Alba tries to do the same on the other flank at left-back. Both full-backs will look to join in on the attack at every chance they get so that they can supply some decent ammunition to their teammates upfront.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Levante (Barcelona's Messi is seen in the photo)
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) challenges Atletico Madrid’s French midfielder Thomas Lemar (L) and Atletico Madrid’s Spanish defender Mario Hermoso during the Spanish League football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2020. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

The Catalans midfield will be comprised of Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as they look to dictate the ball at the centre of the park and engineer a few clear-cut chances for the front players.

Miralem Pjanic and Riqui Puig will be available for selection on the bench but might come on to feature as the impact substitutes in the second half if needed.

Attack

Antoine Griezmann could get a start on the left flank while Lionel Messi hopes to weave his magic from the right. That would leave Martin Braithwaite to once again assume the duties of the lone centre-forward down the middle.

Koeman would be confident that his forwards can get the job done as long as they do not get complacent on the field.

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