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How Barcelona could line up against Atletico Madrid

Ahead of the Supercopa de Espana semi-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Sports Mole looks at how the Catalan side could line up in Jeddah.

Barcelona head into the Supercopa de Espana semi-final with Atletico Madrid looking to set up the chance to win this competition for the 14th time in their history.

The Catalan giants make the trip to Saudi Arabai having put together a 12-match unbeaten streak in all competitions - a run which has kept the club at the top of the La Liga standings.

However, with three draws coming from their last four league outings, Ernesto Valverde is under pressure to deliver an upturn in results.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how Barcelona could line up for the game in Jeddah.



BARXI VS. ATM

Out: Ousmane Dembele (thigh), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (knee), Arthur (adductor)

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

The Spanish outfit will be without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has missed a number of training sessions with a knee injury.

The German will be replaced between the sticks by former Valencia stopper Neto, and it may not be the only alteration made to the backline.

Valverde must contemplate changes due to the possibility of another match being played at the weekend, potentially putting Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti in line for a recall.

With his domestic ban not applying to this competition, Frenkie de Jong should feature in midfield, while Arturo Vidal may also start despite frequent speculation regarding his future.

Valverde is likely to consider handing an opportunity to either Carles Perez or Ansu Fati in the final third in a bid to reduce the game time of his established front three.

That said, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez are expected to get the nod on Thursday night.

> Click here to see how Atletico could line up for this fixture

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