In the absence of the suspended No. 10, Pep Guardiola has opted for a front three of Pedro, Cesc and Cuenca, while Clemente rotates his attackers
With Barca welcoming a struggling Sporting side, Guardiola has also opted to rest Carles Puyol and Alexis Sanchez, who both played in midweek internationals. There are starts for Adriano, who replaces the injured Eric Abidal, while Seydou Keita comes in for the suspended Sergio Busquets.
Sporting, meanwhile, opt for a defensive formation, with five starting across the back as they look to take something from their trip to Camp Nou. Miguel de las Cuevas starts alongside Formose Mendy and Ayoze who both came on off the bench in the 1-1 draw against Racing, while David Barral and Adrian Colunga drop out of the starting XI.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi, Keita, Iniesta; Pedro, Cesc, Cuenca
Substitutes: Pinto; Puyol, Muniesa, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Alexis
Sporting Gijon (5-2-2-1): Juan Pablo; Damian, Orfila, Galvez, Botia, Canella; Andre Castro, Nacho Cases; Mendy, De las Cuevas; Ayoze
Substitutues: Cuellar; Carmelo, Eguren, Trejo, Barral, Rivera, Gregory