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Will Xavi Make Any Tweaks? | 4-2-3-1 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Espanyol

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona will face off against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium this Sunday night as they try to collect all three points on the road in La Liga. The Catalan club managed to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Osasuna recently, so their confidence will be quite high going into this game.

Xavi will set his men up in a 4-3-3 formation and could name a strong first team for this game. The Catalan outfit could clinch the La Liga title with a win, so they would be hungry to come away with a result from the RCDE Stadium this weekend.

4-2-3-1 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Espanyol


Marc-André ter Stegen will play in goal for the Catalan giants as he looks to keep a clean sheet away from home. Ronald Araujo will operate alongside Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Barcelona backline as they look to keep things solid at the back during the 90 minutes.

Jules Kounde will fill in as the right-back while Alejandro Balde looks to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Both of them would be eager to make a difference for Barca out in the wide areas.

Eric Garcia and Jordi Alba will provide cover for the defensive positions on the bench.

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Barcelona’s Spanish coach Xavi gestures from the touchline during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 2, 2023. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)


Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets will anchor the midfield for the Catalan club as they try to win the 50-50 battles at the centre of the park.

The talented trio of Gavi, Pedri and Raphinha will operate just ahead of them as part of the Barca attack. However, both Gavi and Raphinha are slight doubts for this game but should recover in time for this contest.

Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele will have to be content with a spot on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the second 45 minutes if needed.


Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for the Catalan club on his own up top. The Polish striker will once again be Xavi’s best hope for a goal this weekend.

Ferran Torres will be named on the Barca bench as he waits for his chance to make an impact in the latter stages of the game if Xavi opts to call upon his services.

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