FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC : Predicted lineups
Such is Barcelona‘s strength in utter depth and their domestic dominance that Luis Enrique was successfully able to shuffle his whole pack at the weekend, and will now be able to call upon a string of fresh star men for Tuesday’s FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC game.
Barca were not at their usual best on Saturday as they took the awaited lead against Las Palmas in the sixth minute but only for Willian Jose to equalise for the host side four minutes later. Barca retook the lead though in the 39th minute through Neymar, and held on strong for the three points, even though they barely managed only 12 shots to their hosts’ 16.
With title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid both coming up with only draws at the weekend and therefore dropping crucial points, Barca extended their lead at the top seat of the Spanish table to a healthy eight points.
The likes of Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic were conveniently rested for Saturday’s fixture, and will now step back into the starting XI of the FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC clash, while Sergio Busquets—who was also absent against Las Palmas—will be also likely making return to the heart of the midfield of the FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC encounter.
Claudio Bravo started initially against Las Palmas, but Andre Ter Stegen would replace him on Tuesday. Dani Alves and Jordi Alba will also return to the full-back positions, while Javier Mascherano will retain his usual spot alongside Pique.
Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech – all of them will be rested for today’s FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC match, but Arsenal were only able to manage a 0-0 draw against Hull City for their efforts. Barcelona, riding their 32-game undefeated streak, won’t adjust from the squad that has been strictly dominating Spanish football. Expect to see the normal trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez playing up front, and former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen operating at the back.