​Barcelona travel to the Czech capital to face Slavia Prague in Group F of the Champions League on Wednesday night. After reclaiming top spot in La Liga at the weekend, Ernesto Valverde's side will be full of confidence as they look to claim back-to-back wins in Europe.


Slavia Prague, whose only point in the Champions League came at the San Siro against Antonio Conte's Inter, will look to replicate their league form, as they remain unbeaten and top of the Czech First League after 11 games. A win against Barca will draw them level on points in the group.

David Hovorka

After a poor start to the season by Barca's standards, they looked to have put their season back on track, with five successive wins in all competitions.


The match will be played in the same stadium that England lost to the Czech Republic in, and Barcelona will hope that they don't suffer the same fate as Gareth Southgate's side.


Here's 90min's preview of the game.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Wednesday 23 October
What Time Is Kick Off?20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Sinobo Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport 3
Referee?Bobby Madden


Team News

David Hovorka sat out the weekend win against Příbram through injury, so looks unlikely to feature here. Veteran midfielder Ibrahim Traoré has not played since the Matchday 1 draw at Inter due to an ankle injury. 

Samuel Umtiti

Jordi Alba returned at the weekend against Eibar so should feature in Prague, but Samuel Umtiti ​has not travelled with the squad after only recently recovering from a knee problem. Junior Firpo (hamstring) and Carles Pérez (muscle problem) have not played since 28 September, although the latter was an unused substitute on Saturday. Sergi Roberto came off with a knee injury at the weekend and will not feature on Wednesday, while Carles Alena has also been left out of the travelling squad.


Predicted Lineups

Slavia PragueKolar; Coufal, Kudela, Hovorka, Boril; Sevcik, Soucek; Masopust, Stanicu, Olayinka; Teci
BarcelonaTer Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Arthur, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann



Head to Head Record

Antoine Griezmann,Jordi Alba,Lionel Messi,Luis Suarez

This is the first time that these two teams have met in the 21st century, and the first competitive game between the two teams​.


Recent Form

Slavia are unbeaten in 13 Czech First League games so far this season, and although they lost to Borussia Dortmund, they earned an admirable point away at Inter on the first matchday of the Champions League.


​Barcelona have won their last five games, with defeat against Granada in September acting as a wake-up call for Ernesto Valverde's ​side.

Luis Suarez

Slavia's 2-0 loss at home to ​Dortmund was their first defeat in 24 games, and after already shocking the Nerazzurri in this year's competition, Barca know they must be at their best to win.


Here's both team's results from their last five fixtures:

Slavia PragueBarcelona
Slavia Prague 3-1 Pribram (19/10)Eibar 0-3 Barcelona (19/10)
Jablonec 0-2 Slavia Prague (6/10)Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla (6/10)
Slavia Prague 0-2 Dortmund (2/10)Barcelona 2-1 Inter (2/10)
Slavia Prague 1-0 Mlada Boleslav (28/9)Getafe 0-2 Barcelona (28/9)
Slavia Prague 8-0 Vysehrad (25/9)Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal (24/9)

Prediction

Slavia Prague are unbeaten in the league and if they play with no fear, Barcelona could face a shock.

Ernesto Valverde

Barca's defence hasn't exactly been the strongest of late, but they should definitely have enough to see off the challenge of their hosts.


Prediction: Slavia Prague 1-3 Barcelona