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Feb 13, 2021 at 8pm UK at Camp Nou
BarcelonaBarcelona
5-1
AlavesAlaves
Trincao (29', 74'), Messi (45+1', 75'), Firpo (80')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Rioja (57')
Aguirregabiria (17'), Tachi (53')

How Barcelona could line up against Alaves

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

Barcelona will be looking to make it seven La Liga victories in a row when they continue their 2020-21 campaign at home to Alaves on Saturday night.

Ronald Koeman's side have beaten Huesca, Athletic Bilbao twice, Granada, Elche and Real Betis in their last six league matches to move onto 43 points from 21 matches.

Barca, who lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, are still third in the table, though, and currently sit eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the home side could line up against Alaves.


POSS BAR XI vs. ALA

Out: Martin Braithwaite (muscle), Ronald Araujo (ankle), Sergi Roberto (muscle), Philippe Coutinho (knee), Gerard Pique (knee), Ansu Fati (knee)
Doubtful: Miralem Pjanic (foot), Sergino Dest (thigh)

Barca's injury list is fairly substantial at the moment, with Martin Braithwaite, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati currently on the sidelines.

Miralem Pjanic is also a doubt due to a foot injury, but there is a hope that Sergino Dest, who has recently been struggling with a thigh issue, will be available to start as the defender is in need of some minutes ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 first leg with Paris Saint-Germain.

Koeman is expected to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes from the team that started against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, but there is almost certain to be an alteration at the back, with Clement Lenglet expected to come in for Samuel Umtiti.

Frenkie de Jong and Pedri should again feature in midfield, while Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are expected to feature as the front three.

Koeman will hope to rest some of his key players in the second period, though, and Riqui Puig and Trincao should both receive some minutes during the La Liga affair.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico31217357203770
2Real Madrid31207453242967
3Barcelona30205569264365
4Sevilla31204746252164
5Villarreal311213648341449
6Real Betis31146114245-348
7Real Sociedad311211848331547
8Granada30116133650-1439
9Levante31911113844-638
10Celta Vigo31911114148-738
11Athletic Bilbao30910113933637
12Osasuna31910122736-937
13CadizCadiz3199132745-1836
14Valencia31811123944-535
15Getafe31710142234-1231
16AlavesAlaves3169162547-2227
17Huesca31512143146-1527
18Real Valladolid30512132741-1427
19ElcheElche31511152748-2126
20EibarEibar31411162241-1923

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