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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Athletic Club - La Liga

Craig Vickers
Xavi on the touchline
Xavi on the touchline / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Barcelona entertain Athletic Club in La Liga on Sunday as Xavi's side look to continue their impressive goalscoring form.

Barça made it eight goals in their last two games when they sealed their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-2 victory - 5-3 on aggregate - over Napoli in Italy.

The result followed Barcelona's 4-1 triumph over Valencia in La Liga, with Xavi's men now nestled inside the top four and bearing down on Real Betis in third place.

Here's how Barcelona could line up this weekend.


Barcelona predicted lineup vs Athletic Club - La Liga

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

FC Barcelona v SSC Napoli: Knockout Round Play-Off Leg One - UEFA Europa League
Pique in action / Pablo Morano/MB Media/GettyImages

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) - Hasn't quite hit the heights of previous seasons in this campaign.

Dani Alves (RB) - Due to a combination of suspension and ineligibility for the Europa League, the Brazilian has not featured since the 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid.

Gerard Pique (CB) - Another player to get on the scoresheet in midweek, which was just his second goal of the season.

Ronald Araujo (CB) - Blossoming into an imperious central defender alongside the experienced Pique.

Jordi Alba (LB) - Popped up to finish inside the penalty box to finish a counter attack for Barça in Naples.

2. Midfielders

Pedri
Pedri has been lauded by Xavi / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/GettyImages

Sergio Busquets (CM) - His physicality may be diminishing, but he still reads the game as well as any midfielder on the planet.

Pedri (CM) - Xavi believes there's 'no player in the world' as talented as Pedri and it's hard to truly disagree.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) - His curled finish from range against Napoli in midweek was something to behold.

3. Forwards

Adama Traore (RW) - Four assists in his first four Barcelona starts since arriving from Wolves last month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) - Netted a hat-trick against Valencia last weekend and produced a sublime finish to add Barça's fourth of the evening against Napoli.

Ferran Torres (LW) - Opened his account for Barcelona against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey clash last month.


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