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How Barcelona could line up against Valencia

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Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.
By , European Football Editor | 1mo

Barcelona will be looking to complete a domestic double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night.

Barca once again stormed to the Spanish title, ultimately finishing 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the summit.

Ernesto Valverde's side were eliminated by Liverpool in the semi-final stage of the Champions League, but securing yet another double would have to be considered a successful season.

The Catalan giants have won the Copa del Rey in each of the last four campaigns, while they have lifted the trophy on 30 occasions, which is a competition record.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Barca could line up against Los Che this weekend.


Out: Luis Suarez (knee), Rafinha (knee), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (knee)
Doubtful: Ousmane Dembele (hamstring), Nelson Semedo (concussion), Arthur (muscle)

Luis Suarez recently underwent season-ending knee surgery, meaning that the Uruguay international will not be available for the Spanish champions this weekend.

Ousmane Dembele could return following a hamstring problem, although the France international is still a huge doubt, leaving Valverde short of options in the final third.

Philippe Coutinho has returned to training after overcoming a hamstring injury of his own, however, and the Brazilian could be handed a spot in the starting XI.

Malcom has hardly impressed in the absence of Suarez and Dembele, but with limited options, Valverde could again select the attacker alongside Coutinho and Lionel Messi in the final third.

Jasper Cillessen will start between the sticks on what could be his final appearance for the club as Marc-Andre ter Stegen has a knee injury, while Nelson Semedo will be assessed on Friday after suffering a head injury.

Meanwhile, the fact that Arthur is still struggling with a muscular injury means that Arturo Vidal should get the nod alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park.



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