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How will Barcelona line up against Girona in a big La Liga clash?

Barcelona faces one last big test this season in its fight to finish second in the league when they make the short trip to Montiliví to face local rivals Girona in a monster Catalan derby on Saturday.

Barça must secure their place as runners-up to guarantee additional prize money and a place in next year’s Spanish Super Cup, and beating Girona in third place will essentially end that particular race in favor of the blaugrana with four games left.

But Girona is motivated to achieve the best result in its history in the league and they want to complete the season sweep over local rivals, and have shown all season that they have the talent and coaching ability necessary to achieve victory at home.

This is how we believe Xavi Hernández will line up his troops for Saturday’s battle.


Defending

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Xavi has almost his entire squad available for the final five games of the season, which would have been very useful in January or February, but it is still a welcome change in what has been a very challenging campaign injury-wise.

The coach is not expected to make many changes from the victory against Valencia and we believe that, in fact, there will be no changes: the four defenders Jules Koundé, Ronald Araújo, Pau Cubarsi and joão cancelo It is the best defensive group available and despite his good performance from the bench on Monday we believe that Iñigo Martínez will continue to be his substitute.

Midfield

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Fermin Lopez He scored on Monday and put in a complete performance against Valencia, and the young midfielder absolutely deserves a fresh start. His intensity and scoring ability from midfield are even more important against a Girona team that will play an open game and concede chances on the counter, and Fermín’s willingness to make run after run to wreak havoc in the final third could prove a decisive factor.

If Fermín starts, there will be three players fighting for the two remaining spots: Ilkay Gundogan He will definitely be a starter again and would be part of the double pivot if Fermín is number 10, so his partner at the base of the midfield will be either of the two. Andreas Christensen or Pedri. We believe that Xavi will be more conservative when starting the game as a visitor, so we believe that Christensen will be his choice with Pedri as a super substitute.

Stroke

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The future of Vitor Roque has suddenly become a topic of great debate in Catalonia, and Robert LewandowskiMonday’s hat-trick was another reminder that the Pole won’t give the young Brazilian much of a chance to play many minutes at the end of this season to claim a bigger role next year.

Lewandowski bounced back quite well from two difficult performances against PSG and Real Madrid with a dominant second half against Valencia, and Lewy has been decisive on the road several times this season. If he does it again, Barça will be in good condition to achieve victory.

Lamina Yamal and raffin He will likely complete the top three, with João Félix and Ferran Torres looking to make an impact off the bench in this one.


Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, Cubarsí, Cancelo; Christensen, Gündogan; Yamal, Fermín, Raphinha; Lewandowski (4-2-3-1)


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