Barcelona return to action in La Liga against Granada tonight
Philippe Coutinho is expected to start the match for Barcelona in what would be his first start in over ten months.
Barcelona is set to return to action on Monday, six days after their 3-0 loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Philippe Coutinho is expected to start the match for Barcelona. This would be his first start in over 10 months.
Barcelona is currently sitting in 10th place 6 points off of table leaders Real Madrid. However, they have played two fewer games than other clubs in La Liga. Their match against Sevilla was suspended last week due to problems with South American players returning.
The Catalan club is going through an injury crisis with several key players out of action. Kun Aguero, Ousmane Dembele will not be available until the end of October and Ansu Fati is in his later part of the recovery. Meanwhile, Jordi Alba and Pedri have picked up minor injuries and will miss at least 2-4 weeks according to the club. Martin Braithwaite will not be available for the next four months. Umtiti and Nico Gonzalez are doubts for the Granada game.
Barcelona could revert to 4-3-3
Barcelona is expected to return to the 4-3-3 formation after an ill-fated experiment with the 3-5-2 formation against Bayern. They looked confident against Bayern towards the final stretch of the game when they switched to their traditional 4-3-3 as they found it much easier to progress the ball up the field.
Alejandro Balde was impressive in the Left Back slot against Bayern in his brief cameo appearance. He might start the game, given Alba’s injury trouble.
Philippe Coutinho could start either in the attack or in the place of Pedri. Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong are expected to start in the attack.
Ronald Koeman is under a lot of pressure. It is understood next three fixtures are very crucial for Ronald Koeman to keep hold of his job at the Catalan club. Although Granada has not been in great form this season, they have caused trouble for Barcelona in previous meetings.