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Jan 28, 2018 at 7.45pm UK
Barcelona
2-1
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Suarez (72'), Messi (84')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Guidetti (23')

Team News: Philippe Coutinho makes first Barcelona start against Alaves

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Philippe Coutinho makes his first start for Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga meeting with Alaves at Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho has been handed his first start for Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga meeting with Alaves at Camp Nou.

The January signing from Liverpool made his Blaugrana debut as a substitute in the midweek 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

Ernesto Valverde has now opted to draft Coutinho into the starting XI alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for the Brazilian's first Barca appearance in the Spanish top flight, which sees the Catalans up against the struggling Basques.

Lucas Digne is picked at left-back as Jordi Alba starts on the bench, while Ivan Rakitic is selected ahead of Sergio Busquets in central midfield and Ruben Semedo is given the nod over Sergi Roberto at right-back.

Alaves, meanwhile, have placed Barca loanee Munir El Haddadi on the bench, with Celta Vigo man John Guidetti tasked by head coach Abelardo Fernandez to lead the line.

Defender Rodrigo Ely is currently suspended, giving Guillermo Maripan the chance to start at centre-back, while there is also a spot in the XI for midfielder Mubarak Wakaso.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Iniesta, Paulinho; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho
Subs: Cillessen, Sergio, Alcacer, Alba, Roberto, Vidal, Mina

Alaves: Pacheco; Duarte, Laguardia, Maripan, Ruano; Mubarak, Medran, Pedraza, Gomez; Sobrino, Guidetti
Subs: Sivera, Martin, Vigaray, Pedraza, Munir, Dieguez, Demirovic

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1 38268467254286
2 38259467283984
3 38247785384779
4 38245953332077
5 3817111059382162
6 381710115050061
7 3815131060441658
8 381411135557-253
9 38137184765-1846
10 381113144642446
11 381111163748-1144
12 381111163658-2244
13 381013155053-343
14 38914154657-1141
15 38911182843-1538
16 38911183657-2138
17 38812183455-2136
18 38713183453-1934
19 38516173457-2331
20 38612202952-2330
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