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Dembele And Puig To Start | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Alaves

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Barcelona will welcome Alaves at the Nou Camp on Saturday night as they look to earn a positive result following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman as the club’s first-team head coach. The Catalans suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rayo Vallecano in midweek which has drained their confidence ahead of this game.

Barca could set themselves up in a 4-3-3 formation and are expected to make a couple of changes for this clash in La Liga. Ousmane Dembele is a minor concern ahead of this game but should start if he can pass a late fitness test. Riqui Puig will probably get the nod to feature in central midfield as Barca hope to bounce back this weekend.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Alaves

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will operate in goal for the Catalan giants after he failed to keep a clean sheet in his last outing. Gerard Pique will continue to play along with Eric Garcia in the centre-back positions as they focus on stopping the Alaves attackers from finding the back of the net this weekend.

Sergiño Dest could return to his usual right-back position while Jordi Alba tries to produce a fruitful display as the left-back. Both of them will have to be at the top of their game if Barca are to create enough chances to win this game.

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MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 27: Memphis Depay of Barcelona gets a header on target during the LaLiga Santander match between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on October 27, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Barcelona’s midfield could be comprised of Gavi, Sergio Busquets and Riqui Puig as they focus on winning the battle at the centre of the park. It would be up to Busquets to show some leadership and help get the best out of his young teammates this Saturday night.

Pedri is expected to be sidelined for this game because of a thigh injury. On the plus side, Philippe Coutinho will be available for selection on the bench and might get a chance to catch the eye in the latter stages of the game if needed.

Attack

Memphis Depay will operate as the left-sided winger while Ousmane Dembele, who is a slight doubt, could get a chance to impress on the right flank. Sergio Aguero will lead the line for Barca up top. All three Barca attackers will have to collectively put in a productive display if the home side are to collect all three points this weekend.

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