Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal start up front with Lionel Messi as Barcelona travel to Girona in the first ever league meeting between the two sides.
and Luis Suarez start up front with Aleix Vidal as Lionel Messi travel to Barcelona in the first ever league meeting between the two sides. Girona and Gerard Deulofeu had started alongside Messi in the 6-1 victory over Eibar on Tuesday night as Denis Suarez 's side continued their perfect start to the new campaign. Ernesto Valverde
In all, Valverde makes six changes from the midweek fixture, with Denis Suarez dropping to the bench and Deulofeu being rested ahead of the trip to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
There is one change in the middle of the park, as
comes in for Ivan Rakitic alongside Sergio Busquets and Paulinho . Andres Iniesta , Gerard Pique and Nelson Semedo all drop out of the backline as Lucas Digne comes in to partner Samuel Umtiti at centre-back, Javier Mascherano is in at right-back and Sergi Roberto plays on the left. Jordi Alba
For the hosts,
makes seven changes to his starting XI for the historic fixture following the goalless draw at Leganes on Wednesday. Pablo Machin
There is an all-new front three tonight as
, Michael Olunga and Douglas Luiz come in for Portu , Manchester City loanee Borja Garcia and Olarenwaju Kayode . Cristhian Stuani and Pere Pons retain their places in the midfield, with Pablo Maffeo and Aday Benitez coming in for Alex Granell and Aleix Garcia . Johan Mojica
Machin sticks with a back three for the encounter, with Juanpe joined by
and Jonas Ramalho , in for Pedro Alcala and Bernardo Espinosa . Marc Muniesa Girona: Iraizoz; Ramalho, Espinosa, Juanpe; Aday, Pons, Garcia, Maffeo; Luiz, Olunga, Portu Subs: Bono, Mojica, Granell, Stuani, Marlos, Kayode, Borja Garcia Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Mascherano, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta; Vidal, Messi, L Suarez Subs: Cillessen, Pique, Busquets, D Suarez, Alcacer, Digne, Gomes
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