Barcelona host Leganes in La Liga on Sunday, fresh from their progression to the Copa del Rey quarter finals after a 3-0 second leg victory against Levante on Thursday saw them overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Blaugrana are five points clear at the La Liga summit and will back themselves to sustain that gap over Atletico Madrid as they take on 13th place Leganes.

Meanwhile, the visitors have won only once in their last five league games, but will be buoyed by their 2-1 victory over Ernesto Valverde’s men in the reverse fixture back in September.

 Here’s a look at how Valverde could line his team up at Camp Nou.

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – The German sat out the club’s recent Copa del Rey fixture against Levante but will reclaim his place in between the sticks with the return of La Liga.

Nélson Semedo (RB) – Has made the right back slot  his own since his move from Benfica in 2017, quickly establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

Clement Lenglet (CB) – The former Sevilla defender has featured heavily since the injury sustained to Samuel Umtiti and has forged a good partnership with Gerard Pique.

Gerard Piqué (CB) – Piqué was rested for both of Barcelona’s recent cup outings, Jeison Murillo his replacement, but should have an easy ride on Sunday against a side who have only scored 17 goals in La Liga this campaign.

Jordi Alba (LB) – Has established himself as one of Europe’s best left backs in recent years and, at 29 years old, still has plenty of years left in Catalonia.

2. Midfielders


Sergio Busquets (CM) – Has been at the club his whole career and should feature on Sunday having been rested in the Copa del Rey, as Valverde simply can’t leave him out for league action.

Ivan Rakitić (CM) – Rakitić has featured 27 times in all competitions this season, missing just one game in La Liga, and should be preferred to Arturo Vidal.

Arthur (CM) – The Brazilian joined from Gremio last season and has slotted into the Barcelona midfield with effortless ease. Adds youth and energy to Valverde’s side.

3. Forwards

Lionel Messi

Ousmane Dembélé (RW) – Dembele’s goal against Levante in the Copa del Rey made him the only Barcelona player this season to have scored in all four competitions the club have played in.

Lionel Messi (CF) – It’s fair to say there would be uproar if a fit Lionel Messi didn’t start on Sunday. The 31-year-old already has 24 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) – Coutinho has been the subject of transfer rumours in recent weeks, but won’t be fazed as he will play a part in Barcelona’s front three.


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