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What will luis Enrique's starting barcelona xi look like? How Barcelona could line up at Camp nou amid injury crisis

How Barcelona could line up at Camp nou amid injury crisis

Barcelona's 10th  Primera  liga game of the season sees them host  Granada  at camp nou on Saturday, with the Blaugrana looking to keep up the quest  for third consecutive  La Liga title. Have you ever wondered  how injury plagued Barcelona  team  could look like .  Look no further.....


After a shock loss against fierce rivals Espanyol in the Supercopa de Catalunya this past midweek, Barcelona will look to clear any doubts of the team’s potential when they face Granada at Camp Nou. They are looking for an easy win hoping to hop over Real Madrid (provided results go their way) to the La Liga summit with just two points separating the two.
luiz suraez celebrates scoring granada
The increasing injury list is of the biggest concern for Luis Enrique as they are currently without 7 first team players owing to injuries and suspensions for the upcoming match. With many players quite uncertain for the game, it will need major makeshift for Enrique in the squad. via the4thofficial.net


 As it stands, the number of casualties on the sidelines  are plying up  at the moment, specially in defence. The recent to drop is Jeremy Mathieu , who picked up a calf problem in the Catalan Super Cup defeat to Espanyol. The French centre-back joins Jasper Cillessen, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta on the sidelines.To add salt to injury, Arda Turan also ended Tuesday’s game against Espanyol with a knock.This leaves Luis Enrique with little or  no space to  rotate his squad when Granada come knocking on Sunday.


At this moment, Granada are lying at the bottom of la liga table with 0 wins in the opening 9 game of the season .They have drawn 3 games  and remains the only team in the leaque yet to win a match as we speak  whilst Barcelona have won 6 of their opening 9 game of the season and are currently in the 3rd position with 19 points. They are only 2 points behind  league leaders, Real Madrid. Granada have never won away from home against Barcelona in the top flight and in their last 4 meetings, Barcelona have managed to keep a clean sheet at home.

 
The host  have averaged more than three goals per game at the Camp Nou this season, whilst Granada have shipped an astonishing 17 goals in their four away matches so far.
A calm and assured victory is precisely what Barcelona need, and it's almost certainly what they will get.

Am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that irrespective of Barca's injury crisis and barca's propensity to concede from set pieces, they have what it takes  in their  arsenal to  dismantle rock-bottom Granada defence line. Don't be suprised to see one of the MSN attacking trio or other  record a huge number of chances against  Granada.


 Barcelona  likely   XI  (4-3-3):
 
Marc-Andre ter Stegen;  Sergi Roberto,
 
Lucas Digne, Javier Mascherano, Samuel 

Umtiti; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets,
 
Andre Gomes; Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis
Suarez




 

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