Barcelona Lineup vs. BATE
As the Spanish giants are about to take on Bate Borisov at their home ground, there are a lot of speculations raging on about their possible line ups. Here is our prediction.
Sergi Roberto has been a pleasant surprise this season and shouldn’t have any trouble in producing the same level of brilliance that we are getting used to.
The youngster was called off with injury in the first game against the very opposition, but returned against Getafe, delivering a man-of-the-match performance.
This can also be the game where we witness emerging players from the Barca B shadows as Enrique verifies his options.
BATE head coach Aleksandr Yermakovich should avoid another plethora of yellow cards coming the way of his players. If they are still capable of qualification after this match, suspensions in their final game will prove to be a major setback.
BATE simply have to win to ensure any chance of progressing. Yermakovich will probably rely on his successfully tested 4-2-3-1 formation.
Luis Enrique isn’t perhaps going to deviate from a 4-3-3, but we could see a number of changes in the players faces.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will return between the posts for this outing, and Marc Bartra will accompany Thomas Vermaelen at the heart of defence.
Dani Alves and Jeremy Mathieu will partner the four, with the latter having the job of keeping Igor Stasevic quiet for the duration.
Maksim Volodko will get busy as he always does, but he will find it tough to impose his natural game against an equally capable Alves.
Nikolai Signevich has to do so much better than what he performed in Belarus. Holding up play to summon his team-mates into the game would be a precious start. If he’s incapable of doing so, the front four are in for yet another extremely lengthy night.
This has to be the last opportunity that Sandro Ramirez and Munir El Haddadi have to impress at the top level. Both will start with Luis Suarez but need to find the net.
BATE’s rear line will remain unaltered from the first game with Denis Polyakov, Vitali Gayduchik, Nemanja Milunovic and Filip Mladenovic aiming to repel any assault on Sergei Chernik’s goal.
Injured Lionel Messi’s absence has seen both Neymar and Suarez stepping up to the plate to provide match-winning performances of the top quality.
Gayduchik will have the pleasure of trying to contain the Uruguayan, but in his current form, he’ll have a huge job.
Remembering the Barcelona Lineup, the odds are surely favorable for the Catalans tonight.