Barcelona journey south to Seville this weekend desirous to shake off the shock defeat to metropolis rivals Espanyol midweek within the Copa del Rey.
Ernesto Valverde can be eager to indicate the primary defeat of their home season hasn’t affected his facet, who maintain a commanding eight-point lead (with a sport in hand) on the prime of La Liga.
Betis, nevertheless, have received three of their final 5, scoring 10 in these victories and can be removed from a pushover for the travelling Catalans.
This is how Barcelona might line up for this one.
Lately, hailed by membership legend Xavi as one of many world’s finest keepers, Marc Andre Ter Stegen will return to the Barça objective after Jasper Cillessen took over for cup duties midweek.
Half of Barcelona’s possible again 4 for Sunday’s conflict signed new long run offers with the membership this week, with the mixed buyout clauses for Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto’s new contracts reaching €1bn.
Samule Umtiti stays out with damage, so former Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen will proceed to deputise within the centre and Jordi Alba stays a shoo-in at left again, regardless of being caught giving a one finger salute to the group in Barça’s epic win over Actual Sociedad final weekend.
New signing Yerry Mina is prone to be included on the bench.
Valverde faces one thing of an disaster in midfield with Andres Iniesta uncertain and Philippe Coutinho nonetheless out injured.
As well as, Rafinha’s imminent transfer away to Inter and Mascherano’s to China means neither participant is prone to make the match day squad.
Nonetheless, Paulinho, who picked up a foot damage within the midweek loss to Espanyol, educated on Saturday and is extra prone to make the beginning lineup – notably as choices stay skinny.
A minimum of one in every of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez might additionally earn a uncommon begin, alongside Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets within the engine room.
Betis haven’t stored a clear sheet in opposition to Barcelona in La Liga since 2002, and even probably the most optimistic of residence followers in all probability wont count on one on Sunday, because the division’s two in-form strikers head to Seville.
Luis Suarez has seven targets in his final 5 outings in La Liga, whereas the division’s prime scorer Lionel Messi has 4 in the identical interval.
Ousmane Dembele is one other casualty from the battle on the Anoeta final weekend, however Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu might make the bench.