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How Barca could line up against Benfica in the Champions League tonight.

Ronald Koeman’s men will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Portuguese giants, Benfica later tonight.

Benfica started their UCL campaign with a 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kyiv while Barca was thrashed 3-0 by German giants, FC Bayern Munich.

For the game, we're expecting to see a very strong starting XI from both sides as they are in desperate need of the 3 points.

In this article, we'll be looking at how the Catalan giants could set up their starting XI. Check it out below:


Ronald Koeman could deploy the 4-2-3-1 formation for the game with Marc Andre Ter Stegen retaining his place in the goal.


As for the backline, Ronald Araujo is expected to return to central defense alongside Pique while Sergino Dest and Oscar Mingueza occupy the full-back spots.


As for the middle of the park, De Jong and Sergio Busquets are expected to play as pivots with Coutinho playing behind the attackers.


Memphis Depay seems to have cemented his place in the club's starting XI, as such, he's to start in the left-wing-forward spot while teenage sensation Gavi stays on the right.

Luuk De Jong is expected to return as a center-forward.

Here's an illustration of the possible lineup below:

Tell us what you think about this lineup in the comments section below.

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