Barcelona will seek to continue on their perfect start to the La Liga campaign when they entertain newcomers Huesca at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants are the only side to have not conceded a goal after the first two games of the season and they have the opportunity to continue their strong defensive record against Huesca, who are set to face their first major test following their top-flight promotion.
Marc-Ander Ter Stegen has cemented himself as the first-choice goalkeeper since the departure of Claudio Bravo two seasons ago and the German is expected to keep his position between the sticks.
In the defence, Ernesto Valverde has favoured Sergi Roberto ahead of specialist right-back Nelson Semedo and the same may continue versus Huesca with the Spaniard offering more with the attacking side of his game.
Likewise, Jordi Alba should maintain his position on the left side of the backline but we are anticipating a change in the central defensive department. Though the season may have just started, the visit of Huesca offers Valverde to consider changes, given the newcomers are certainly behind Blaugrana in terms of team strength.
As such, we are anticipating a solitary change at the heart of the backline with summer signing Clement Lenglet making his first league start for the club. He should most probably partner Gerard Pique with the duo having previously played together competitively during the Spanish Super Cup triumph over Sevilla.
Onto the midfield, Sergi Busquets has been the Blaugrana’s shield in front of the central defence over the years and he should pretty much maintain his position, barring an injury of some short.
Ahead of the Spaniard, Philippe Coutinho is an undisputed pick, given his success since his January move and we are expecting him to partner Ivan Rakitic, who gets the team going forward with his strong passing attributes.
In the frontline, Valverde is unlikely to have any selection headaches for the encounter and based on recent matches, Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should make up the frontline.
Suarez’s form has been a particular concern this season with no goals in four meetings, but he should fancy his prospects of finding the scoresheet with Barcelona expected to have the vast majority of possession and changes versus newcomers Huesca.
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