MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 08:23:58

Team News: Thomas Vermaelen to make Barcelona debut

Thomas Vermaelen earns his Barcelona debut for the visit of Deportivo La Coruna to the Camp Nou.

Thomas Vermaelen will make his long-awaited Barcelona debut after being named in tonight's XI for the visit of Deportivo La Coruna on the final day of the La Liga season.

The Belgian defender, who joined from Arsenal last summer, has endured an injury-hit first season in Catalonia, but will finally make his bow this evening.

Likewise, goalkeeper Jordi Masip earns his Liga debut for the newly-crowned champions, with the 26-year-old replacing Claudio Bravo between the sticks.

The visit of Deportivo represents Xavi's final game at the Camp Nou after 17 years of service, with the 34-year-old partnering Sergi Roberto and Rafinha in midfield.

Luis Suarez drops out with a hamstring injury, allowing Pedro a rare starting berth beside Lionel Messi and Neymar in a three-pronged attack.

Barcelona: Masip; Bartra, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Adriano; Roberto, Rafinha, Xavi; Pedro, Neymar, Messi

Deportivo: Fabricio; Laure, Lopo, Sidnei, Canella; Bergantinos, Borges, Dominguez, Salomao; Lucas, Cavaleiro

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Granada18114325111437
2Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1898131131835
3Malaga1811252213935
4Albacete1897227161134
5AlcorconAlcorcon18103521111033
6Cadiz188552415929
7Mallorca187652317627
8Osasuna187652018227
9Almeria186752016425
10Sporting GijonSporting Gijon186751815325
11Las PalmasLas Palmas185942321224
12Real Oviedo186572024-423
13NumanciaNumancia185671922-321
14LugoLugo185581719-220
15ElcheElche184861622-620
16Rayo MajadahondaMajadahonda1862101524-920
17TenerifeTenerife183961522-718
18ExtremaduraExtremadura184592327-417
19Reus Deportiu184591225-1317
20Real ZaragozaZaragoza183781824-616
21CordobaCordoba182881934-1514
22Gimnastic1834111231-1913

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