Barcelona team news: Messi & Suarez lead attack as Catalans take on Sporting

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With Ousmane Dembele out injured Barca have opted to pack the midfield for their visit to Lisbon, with the South American duo starting up front

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lead the Barcelona attack as the Blaugrana travel to Portugal to take on Sporting

With new signing Ousmane Dembele facing a long time on the sidelines, the South American double act take on responsibility up front as a duo. 

Barcelona 4/11 to score first v Sporting

The pair will be backed up by a packed midfield, with Andres Iniesta looking likely to push furthest forward of the quartet fielded by Ernesto Valverde. 

Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets are all handed starts in the middle, while Paulinho drops to the bench alongside Denis Suarez. 

There are few surprises at the back, with Nelson Semedo keeping his place on the right after a positive start to life at Camp Nou.

Sporting XI: Rui Patricio; Piccini, Coates, Mathieu, Coentrao; Battaglia, Carvalho; Acuna, Fernandes, Gelson Martins; Doumbia

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Substitutes: Silva, Ruiz, Cesar, Salin, Petrovic, Dost, Figueiredo

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez.

Substitutes: Cillessen, Denis, Mascherano, Paulinho, Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal

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