Starting XI: Barca v Alaves
Spanish LaLiga Starting XI: FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves 28 January 2018
Teams: FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés
Date: 28 January 2018
Venue: Camp Nou
LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona will return to league action on Sunday following their Copa del Rey quarter-final win over Espanyol.
The match is scheduled to get underway at 21h45.
Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to make his debut in the Blaugrana’s 2-0 second leg victory over their local rivals. The Brazilian looked bright during his brief cameo and will be looking to carry that performance into his first La Liga game.
The Catalan giants will once again be without the services of Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Vermaelen.
The visitors are caught in the scrap at the foot of the table, but have picked up four points from their last two games, beating Sevilla and drawing with Leganés.
Their sudden rise in form has come at the perfect time as they head into a repeat fixture of last season’s Copa del Rey final, which Barcelona won 3-1.
However, all signs ahead of the encounter point to another victory for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Here's how they line up:
Barca: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Digne, Paulinho Rakitić, Iniesta, Coutinho, Messi, Suárez.
Alaves: Pacheco, Duarte, Laguardia, Maripán, Alexis, Wakaso, Medrán, Hernán Pérez, Ibai Gómez, Sobrino, Guidetti.
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