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How Barcelona could line up against Inter Milan

Sports Mole takes a look at how Barcelona could line up in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Inter Milan.

Barcelona will be looking to move onto 12 points in Group B when they travel to Italian giants Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barca, who last won the Champions League in 2015, sit atop Group B with three wins from three, and will enter this match off the back of five straight wins in all competitions.

Inter suffered a 2-0 defeat when they travelled to Camp Nou in the reverse match last month, but the Italian giants have beaten Lazio 3-0 and Genoa 5-0 in their two Serie A matches since then.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how Barcelona, who appear to be hitting top form entering the latter stages of 2018, could line up at San Siro.


BAR XI

Out: Samuel Umtiti (knee), Thomas Vermaelen (hamstring)
Doubtful: Lionel Messi (arm)

Lionel Messi is expected to travel with the Barcelona team this week after making a quick recovery from a fractured arm. Messi picked up the injury against Sevilla on October 20, and it had been thought that he would not return until the middle of November.

It seems unlikely that Messi will be risked from the start against Inter, but he could well be named on the bench, which will be a huge boost for Ernesto Valverde's team at this stage of the season.

As a result, there is a spot open in the final third alongside Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, and Ousmane Dembele is in a strong position to start ahead of Rafinha having come off the bench to score against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.

Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen remain on the sidelines, meaning that the back five picks itself, while Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Arthur should continue in the middle of the park.

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Rafinha celebrates with Philippe Coutinho after opening the scoring for Barcelona in their Champions League tie with Inter Milan on October 24, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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