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Aubameyang And Torres To Start | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Napoli

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Barcelona will entertain Napoli at the Nou Camp on Thursday night as they look to earn a positive result at home. The Catalan giants were held to a 2-2 draw by Espanyol earlier this month, so they will be eager to get back to winning ways in this midweek clash.

Xavi will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could make a few changes to his starting XI for this game. Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres might play from the start as Barca look to revert to their strongest first-team for this European contest.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Napoli

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will feature in between the sticks for the Catalan outfit after shipping in two goals in his last league outing. Gerard Pique will operate along with Eric Garcia at the heart of Xavi’s defence as they try to secure a clean sheet in front of their home fans.

Sergino Dest will function at right-back while Jordi Alba hopes to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Both of them will have to be at the top of their game if the Catalans are to come out on top in midweek.

Oscar Mingueza will be available for selection on the bench as they offer cover for the defensive positions.

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Barcelona’s Spanish coach Xavi looks on from the bench prior to the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on February 13, 2022. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Midfield

Xavi will name a midfield three of Pedri, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as they focus on dominating possession at the centre of the park.

Riqui Puig and Nico Gonzalez will be named on the bench as they wait for their chance to shine in the second 45 minutes if needed.

Attack

Adama Traore could get the nod to feature down the left flank while Ferran Torres hopes to make a difference from the right. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to lead the charge for the Catalan giants up top.

Luuk de Jong and Ferran Jutgla will have to settle for a spot on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the latter stages if Barca are in need of a goal by then.

 

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