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How Barcelona could line up against Eibar

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

Barcelona will be looking to make it four wins from their last five La Liga matches when they welcome lowly Eibar to Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

Ronald Koeman's side have collected 10 points from their last four games in Spain's top flight and will enter the contest off the back of a strong 3-0 victory at Real Valladolid on December 22.

The Catalan giants are still off the pace in terms of the top of the table, though, currently sitting fifth, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand on Barca.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up against Eibar.


POSS BAR XI vs. EIB

Out: Jordi Alba (banned), Lionel Messi (ankle), Gerard Pique (knee), Ansu Fati (knee), Sergi Roberto (muscle)
Doubtful: Ousmane Dembele (hamstring)

> Click here for Barcelona's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Barca will again be without the services of Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati through injury, while Jordi Alba is suspended due to the booking that he picked up against Valladolid.

The Catalan giants have also announced that Lionel Messi will miss the contest due to an ankle issue, with the Argentine not expected to return to training until the start of January.

Ousmane Dembele is an option, having recovered from a hamstring issue, although it seems likely that Philippe Coutinho will get the nod in an attacking position alongside Pedri and Antoine Griezmann, meaning that Martin Braithwaite could operate at the tip of the attack.

Koeman selected a back three against Valladolid but could revert to a four for this match, with Junior Firpo in line to start at left-back, and the expected change of formation could see Miralem Pjanic drop out.

Sergio Busquets started on the bench last time out but should come back into the side; Oscar Mingueza, meanwhile, could drop out of the starting XI with Ronald Araujo likely to feature alongside Clement Lenglet in the middle of the defence.

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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)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· 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
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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