Barcelona vs Cadiz Predicted Lineup – how does Xavi plan to deal with absentees?

Barcelona vs Cadiz in the second matchday of the La Liga season will see the Blaugrana play their first home game at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys as the iconic Camp Nou undergoes renovations. Cadiz arrive on a high having won their opening match without conceding and could look to frustrate Xavi Hernández’s side who were unable to find the net in a fractious 0-0 draw against Getafe last weekend.

Raphinha of Barcelona
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Barcelona vs Cadiz predicted lineups and news

The home side are hoping to register their first win of the season but will have to do it without Brazilian forward Raphinha who was sent off last week in what was an intense game in Getafe. It ended a run of nine La Liga matches in which Barça had scored at least one goal, coincidentally the previous time they failed to score in the league was also away to Getafe. Meanwhile visitors Cadiz are off to a great start with a win against likely relegation rivals Álaves; in the 2022/23 season they had to wait six matches for their first victory. The game will be broadcast in the UK on LaLiga TV while viewers across the Atlantic in the US can watch via ESPN and the app.

Team news: Barcelona

Raphinha begins the first of his two game ban following his straight red in an intense game in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, there are several candidates vying to replace him including Ansu Fati and Lamine Yabal who came off the bench in the last game. There is also a doubt over whether Gavi will return to the starting XI ahead of a possibly fatigued Gundogan in  what was a record-breaking game in terms of duration.

Íñigo Martínez remains unavailable through injury and Uruguayan right back Ronald Araujo limped out of Thursday’s training session meaning the right back spot is open. While Eric Garcia is a possibility the latest news suggests 31 year old Sergi Roberto will fill in on Sunday.

Barcelona predicted lineup: 4-2-3-1

Ter Stegen-Roberto,Christensen,Koundé,Balde-Romeu,De Jong – Pedri, Gundogan,Yamal- Lewandowski

Team news: Cadiz

Manager Sergio González returns to his native Catalonia with similar issues to his rival coach including one suspension and a series of injuries. Argentinian midfielder Gonzalo Escalante was sent off just 17 minutes after coming on against his former club Álaves in the previous match. The Yellow Submarine have Sergi Guardiola, Victor Chust and Brian Ocampo all out of action as they are yet to recover from injuries sustained.

Iza Carcelen in Cadiz
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The southerners picked up two South Americans on loan this summer with Venezuelan Darwin Machis and Lucas Pires of Brazil arriving on loan to add more spark. While Machis is expected to continue in the side there is a chance that a switch in formation would allow for Pires to play as a left wing back. The feeling on the ground however is that they will stick with four at the back but might pick the more tactically disciplined Ruben Soriano over winger Iván Alejo.

Cadiz predicted lineup: 4-4-2

Ledesma-Carcelén,Fali,L.Hernández,J.Hernández-Alcaraz,San Emeterio,Machis,Soriano-Ramos, Roger

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