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Fati To Return, Dembele On The Bench | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Real Madrid

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Barcelona will clash heads with Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup as they try to secure a positive result in the Clasico on Wednesday night. The Catalan giants were held to a 1-1 draw by Getafe last weekend, so they will be eager to get back to winning ways in domestic football.

Xavi could opt for a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name a strong team for this game. Ansu Fati might get the nod to play from the start but this match might come too early for Pedri, who has not traveled to Saudi Arabia.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Real Madrid

Defence

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will feature in goal for the Catalan outfit after conceding a goal versus Granada in his last domestic appearance. Clement Lenglet could get a chance to impress alongside Gerard Pique at the heart of Xavi’s defence. Their main focus would be to keep things solid at the back versus the Madrid side in midweek.

Dani Alves might retain his place at right-back while Jordi Alba hopes to give a good account of himself as the left-back. Both of them will have to keep a good defensive shape inside their half if they are to stop the opposition from causing too many problems from the wide areas.

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GRANADA, SPAIN – JANUARY 08: FC Barcelona players react after Granada CF score their first goal during the La Liga Santader match between Granada CF and FC Barcelona at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes in Granada, Spain (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Gavi, Sergio Busquets and Nico Gonzalez could make up the Barca midfield. The talented trio will have to retain the ball well at the centre of the park if the Catalans are to come out on top in this exciting Spanish Super Cup clash.

Riqui Puig will be available for selection on the bench as he waits for his chance to catch the eye in the second half if required.

Attack

Ansu Fati is expected to start as the left-sided wide player while Memphis Depay tries to make a difference from the right. Luuk de Jong will probably get the opportunity to lead the charge for Barca down the middle following a goal-scoring performance versus Granada last weekend.

Ousmane Dembele will have to be content with a spot on the bench and might come on to make an impact in the latter stages if needed.

 

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