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How Barcelona could line up against Levante

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in Saturday night's La Liga clash with Levante.

Barcelona could already be crowned La Liga champions by the time that they take to the field for Saturday night's clash with Levante at Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants currently sit nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with four games left. As a result, should Atletico lose against Real Valladolid on Saturday afternoon then Barca would win the title before kicking another ball.

A record of 24 wins, eight draws and two defeats has brought 80 points, and there is no question that Barca have been, by some distance, the best side in Spain's top flight once again.

Ernesto Valverde's side will be keen to wrap up the title this weekend but will certainly have more than one eye on next week's Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how Barca could line up against Levante.


POSS BAR XI vs. LEV

Out: Rafinha (knee)

It is difficult to determine exactly what Valverde will have in mind ahead of the Liverpool clash. While there will be a temptation to make wholesale changes, Barca's head coach will certainly want to keep his key players in the swing of things ahead of the European tie.

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba were named on the bench against Alaves on Tuesday night, but it seems likely that both will return to the starting XI for this one.

Ousmane Dembele might be protected as he builds back to full fitness following a spell on the sidelines, which could mean a start for Philippe Coutinho in the final third of the field.

Clement Lenglet and Arthur could also return to the side, but Carles Alena scored in the win over Alaves and will be hoping to keep his spot in the middle of midfield.

Rafinha - still recovering from knee surgery - remains on the sidelines for the Catalan giants.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
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ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
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