Barcelona will look for a four successive win in all competitions as they travel to Cadiz on Saturday evening’s in La Liga.
Barcelona return to league action after continuing their terrific form in the Champions League. The Catalans would be looking to build on a winning run in La Liga considering the fact that they have relatively easy fixtures for the rest of this month. However, there will be no room for complacency given that three matches have already been lost.
Ronald Koeman rested a host of players against Ferencvaros mid-week, including Lionel Messi, and they will all return to the fray this time around. Following their hammering of Osasuna last weekend, a fully fit squad will have all eyes on claiming another win at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza on Saturday evening.
Since Marc-Andre ter Stegen returned from his injury layoff, Barca have benefitted from his reflexes in front of goal in some matches. Against a side that beat Real Madrid, he will be crucial and will start. Clement Lenglet will be the preferred central defender and Oscar Mingueza could get some more minutes due to the first-team’s defensive headache.
In the midfield, Koeman is likely to employ his usual double pivot with three attacking players. Frenkie de Jong will be back for the match after being left out of the trip to Hungary on Wednesday, whereas Sergio Busquets will also play after featuring for just one half in the 3-0 win at Budapest.
Messi will be fresh and start as the number 10, in an attacking role behind the striker, whereas Philippe Coutinho will occupy the left-wing. Ousmane Dembele, who is in breath-taking form will play the right winger’s role. The ex-Dortmund man is finally showing that he can live up to the reputation at Camp Nou when called upon.
Koeman would have already decided on a large part of his starting eleven, but he will have two minds between Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite, as they have both been in great form. Griezmann may however get the nod considering that Braithwaite’s profile is that of a sporadic player whereas the Frenchman needs minutes.
Do you think Barcelona will breeze past their opponent or will Cadiz manage to pull off another massive result?