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Aubameyang To Start, Depay On The Bench | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Real Madrid

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Barcelona will face off against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday night as they try to pick up all three points on the road. The Catalan outfit managed to beat Osasuna by a 4-0 scoreline in their last league outing, so they will hope to keep up their good form in La Liga.

Xavi could set his team in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make a few changes to his starting XI for this game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line for Barca in the final third while Gerard Pique will probably start in central defence if he can recover in time from a knock.

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

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will feature in goal for the Catalan giants after he kept a clean sheet in his last La Liga appearance. Eric Garcia will partner Gerard Pique at the heart of the Barca backline as they try to keep things solid at the back during the game.

Dani Alves could get the nod to feature at right-back while Jordi Alba fills in on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them will have to pick and choose their moments to join in on the attack.

Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti will definitely miss this game due to injuries. Hence, we can expect to see Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza offer cover for the defensive positions on the bench.

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Midfield

Xavi could name a midfield comprised of Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri as they try to retain possession well for Barca at the centre of the park.

Gavi and Riqui Puig will be available for selection on the bench as they wait for their opportunity to shine in the second half if needed.

Attack

Ousmane Dembele will get a chance to impress as the left-sided wide player while Ferran Torres tries to give a good account of himself down the right flank.

As mentioned earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will once again spearhead Xavi’s attack up top. However, this Clasico will come too soon for Ansu Fati who is still sidelined because of injury.

Still, Xavi will have Memphis Depay available on the bench. The Dutch talent will be expected to make an impact as a late-game substitute if required.

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