Barcelona will kick off their 2022/23 Champions League campaign by playing host to Viktoria Plzen.
The Catalan giants failed to make it out of the group stage last season and, being drawn alongside Bayern Munich and Inter, need to get off to a winning start if they want to do so this time around.
Their Czech opponents meanwhile haven't played in the competition since 2018 and will have to pull off some shock results if they want to avoid finishing bottom of the group.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the match.
Where are Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen playing?
- Location: Barcelona, Spain
- Stadium: Spotify Camp Nou
- Date: Wednesday 7 September
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 EST / 12:00 PST
- VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
- Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Where can you watch Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen on TV in UK, US, Canada?
- UK: BT Sport 6
- USA: Paramount+
- Canada: DAZN
Where can you watch Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen highlights in UK, US, Canada?
- UK: BT Sport YouTube channel
- USA: CBS Sports Golazo YouTube channel
- Canada: DAZN Canada YouTube channel
Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen H2H Results
- Barcelona: 2 Wins
- Viktoria Plzen: 0 Wins
- Draws: 0
Current Form (Last Five Games)
- Barcelona: DWDWW
- Viktoria Plzen: DWWWW
Barcelona team news
Xavi has an almost-full group to choose from, with new signings Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin the only players unavailable.
The manager has spoken of his desire to rotate the team, so it's likely that it will be a much-changed lineup to the one he deployed in their last match. Given the importance of the match though, some regulars will remain in the starting XI.
Barcelona predicted lineup vs Viktoria Plzen
Barcelona Starting 11 (4-4-3): Ter Stegen; Araujo, Christensen, Pique, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Torres, Lewandowski, Fati
Bench: Pena, Tenas, Araujo, Garcia, Balde, Roberto, Kessie, Torre, Gavi, Dembele, Raphinha, Memphis
Viktoria Plzen team news
Unlike Barcelona, Plzen do have some injury problems with Jan Kopic, Jan Kliment and Radim Rezik all ruled out.
Viktoria Plzen predicted lineup vs Barcelona
Viktoria Plzen Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Stanek; Havel, Hejda, Pernica, Jemelka; Kalvach, Bucha; Sykora, Vlkanova, Mosquera; Chory
Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen score prediction
Barcelona know they need to win this match given what a difficult group they've been drawn in, so won't be taking it easy.
What's more, the team will most likely feature a number of players who don't usually start and will be keen to prove a point. Given the context, it's hard to see this being anything other than a comfortable win for the hosts.
Prediction: Barcelona 4-0 Viktoria Plzen