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Gavi And Kessie To Start | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Viktoria Plzen

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Barcelona will face off against Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Tuesday night as they focus on ending their UEFA Champions League campaign by collecting all three points on the road. The Catalan outfit managed to pick up a hard-fought 1-0 win over Valencia recently which will give them some confidence ahead of this European showdown in midweek.

Xavi will stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation and is expected to make a few changes to his first XI for this game. Gavi and Franck Kessie could both get the nod to play from the start while Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati drop to the bench.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Viktoria Plzen

Defence

Marc-André ter Stegen will feature in goal for Barca after securing a clean sheet in his last outing. Gerard Pique will probably get a chance to resume his defensive partnership with Marcos Alonso at the centre of Barca’s backline. Their main focus would be to restrict the home team from creating too many chances on the counter.

Hector Bellerin will function as the right-back while Alejandro Balde hopes to catch the eye on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them would be eager to impress by getting in behind the opponent’s backline during the 90 minutes.

Eric Garcia will be available for selection on the bench as he provides cover for the defensive spots.

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Midfield

Xavi could opt for a midfield three of Pedri, Franck Kessie and Gavi as they try to dominate the ball at the centre of the park and engineer some decent opportunities in the Viktoria Plzen half.

Frenkie De Jong will have to settle for a spot on the bench as he waits for his chance to impress in the second 45 minutes if Xavi decides to call upon his services.

Attack

Ferran Torres could get an opportunity to catch the eye as the left-sided wide player while Raphinha hopes to weave his magic from the right flank.

Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for the Catalan outfit in the final third. The Polish striker scored the only goal of the game versus Valencia recently which will keep him in high spirits ahead of this Champions League contest on the road.

Ousmane Dembele and Ansui Fati will be rested on the bench but might come on to make an impact in the final quarter of the game if Barca are in need of a goal by then.

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