BAR vs SLPG Dream11: The Catalan giant host Slavia Praha in the UEFA Champions League group stage match at Camp Nou, as they aim to bounce back from the shock 3-1 defeat at Levante at the weekend. But Barca still sit at the top of the table in La Liga after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both dropped points in their respective matches.
The past can help only so much!
Heading into the weekend's clash at the Estadi Ciutat de València, the form, momentum and the position on the points table all indicated towards a routine win for Barcelona. But it was anything but an overfamiliarity of things for the reigning champions as Levante thumped the Catalan giants 3-1 to produce an absolute shocker.
Now all the voices of dissatisfaction inside the camp Nou, which were silenced for a month or two following Barca's 7-game winning run in all competitions, the restlessness amongst the Barca fans demanding for a change, are starting to make noise again.
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Seven it was at the weekend, the whirlwind seven minutes, where Levante scored all three goals from in seven minutes, and which proved that Lionel Messi is a human being after all and Barca a new but a dilapidated team, heading into a future with uncertainty. A new team which can buckle under pressure, far far away from the assuredness which Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique's teams exuded, reminiscent of a big team well and truly going through the transition.
The pressure is growing on Ernesto Valverde, but as it has been the case in the past, the easy fixture list gives him an opportunity to strangle the voices, or perhaps delay the inevitable.
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Visitors: Slavia Praha
Match Timing: November 05, Monday at 11: 25 PM
Venue: Camp Nou
Lionel Messi: Barcelona will be looking for revenge. Their pride is hurt as is Lionel Messi's. With Luis Suarez missing out due to injury, his absence trims down the options for our super player. If Barca score, which looks almost a certainty, Messi will be amongst the goals, His passing and the playmaking abilities are the added advantages.
Ousmane Dembele: The Frenchman's life in Barcelona has failed to chart on the paths he must have expected while signing the contract with the Catalonia giant. Innumerous disciplinary incidents, off-field behaviours all have catapulted his Barca future into darkness. But he is an exceptional talent but has a point to prove.
Antoine Girezmann: Barca's galactico of this summer is yet to fully convince the fans, not about his quality, but if he can play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. A world-class talent who will have more chances in the final 3rd due to Suarez's absence.
Barcelona vs Slavia Praha Team News:
Barcelona team News:
Valverde has once again left out Arthur from his matchday squad. This is the 3rd time that the Brazilian has failed to make the cut.
Luis Suarez is out due to an injury while the likes of Jean-Clair Todibo, Mousa Wague and Junior Firpo.
Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Messi, O. Dembélé, Neto, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, C. Pérez and Ansu Fati
Slavia remain without central defender David Hovorka as he recovers from a long-term absentee due to a knee injury.
Ibrahim Traore is in the squad and is expected to feature here after recovering from an ankle problem.
Slavia Praha squad:
Goalkeeper: Kolar, Kovar, Markovic
Defenders: Kudela, Takacs, Zeleny, Holes, Frydrych, Coufal
Midfielders: Soucek, Husbauer, Stanciu, Masopust, Sevcik, Olayinka, Traore, Provod
Attackers: Jusuf, Skoda, Tecl, Van Buren
Barcelona vs Slavia Praha probable playing 11:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, Vidal, Busquets, De Jong, Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann
Slavia Praha: Kolář (GK), Coufal, Kúdela, Frydrych, Bořil, Ševčík, Souček, Masopust, Stanciu, Traoré, Olayinka
BAR vs SLPG Dream11 Teams:
BAR vs SLPG Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
The only way for Slavia Praha to get something out of Camp Nou is to employ numbers behind the ball, but Mess is perhaps the best to infiltrate through ven the most stoic defence line. We back the hosts to win the match.