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Nov 3, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) (Madrid)
Attendance: 13,785
Rayo Vallecano
2-3
Barcelona
Angel Pozo (35'), Garcia (57')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Suarez (11', 90'), Dembele (87')

How Barcelona could line up against Rayo Vallecano

Ahead of Barcelona's La Liga trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, Sports Mole looks at how the Spanish champions could line up.

Following a morale-boosting win over Real Madrid in last week's one-sided El Clasico, Barcelona will now aim to strengthen their grip on top spot when they travel to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening.

The reigning Spanish champions saw off their arch-rivals with a 5-1 win at Camp Nou to make it back-to-back league victories for the first time since mid-September.

Ernesto Valverde's job now looks a lot safer than it did a fortnight ago, but he will be wary of this weekend's potential banana skin fixture in the capital.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors may line up at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.

Possible BAR XI vs. RAY

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

Rafinha has been given a run in the side out on the right of Barca's front three in the absence of Messi, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho alongside him.

Valverde will unlikely feel the need to shuffle his pack, especially having been given the chance to heavily rotate for the midweek cup win over Cultural Leonesa.

Ousmane Dembele and Malcom will be pushing for a starting spot, but the one place up for grabs on the right is now seen as Rafinha's to lose.

Further back, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and summer recruit Arthur have clicked into gear in recent weeks and should start again here, while Clement Lenglet - the matchwinner against Leonesa - appears certain to continue his partnership with Gerard Pique in the heart of defence.

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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 MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Valencia2051141918126
8Real Betis197572223-126
9Real Sociedad197482322125
10GironaGirona195952123-224
11Espanyol197392127-624
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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