Barcelona will take on Catalan rivals Girona at Camp Nou in Sunday evening’s La Liga clash.
Having just come out of a successful first Champions League group game, comfortably seeing off Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-0, the Spanish giants may be fatigued by their busy schedule, which sees them play seven matches in three weeks.
With this in mind, Ernesto Valverde may choose to omit some big names in his starting eleven in order for them to get rest.
Here’s a look at how they might line up.
3. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Marc-André ter Stegen (GK) – ?Ter Stegen has looked solid at the back and has done nothing to warrant re-evaluation.
Nelson Samedo (RB) – With Sergi Roberto featuring in the 4-0 drumming of PSV, having a fresh pair of legs at the back is probably the most sensible idea, especially against a side who look vulnerable on the wings.
Gerard Pique (CB) – This stalwart no-nonsense centre back will be needed against a side who, in sixth place, are no strangers to scoring.
Samuel Umtiti (CB) – Although he did get sent off against PSV, Umtiti is an experienced defender who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Against a side with little to lose, this may prove invaluable.
Jordi Alba (LB) – With not many options to choose from at left back, Jordi Alba will likely feature again here.
Arthur Melo (CM) – Although he missed group training during the week, Arthur should be available to play on Sunday and could make his first start for the club after a series of successful cameos.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – Both strong in the centre of the field and defensively minded, Busquets is a proven player and his command of the midfield will be essential in securing a win.
Philippe Coutinho (CM) – Coutinho’s creativity in midfield will help to draw the opposition’s defence out of position. While other big names may be rested, Coutinho’s energy is an essential ingredient of Barcelona’s good form.
Lionel Messi (RW) – Having put three past PSV, the Argentinian remains a vital part of the squad and will cause the opposition defence headaches.
Luis Suarez (ST) – Although the Uruguayan probably deserves a rest, Suarez will most likely start up front.
Ousmane Dembele (LW) – The winger will be a great asset against Girona, a side who seem vulnerable from the flanks.