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Official: Barcelona 4-2-3-1 starting lineup against Las Palmas

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Barcelona are back from the international break and will be hoping to keep up their form from before it as they take on Las Palmas for gameweek 30 of La Liga.

This game is not only important to maintain the pressure on Real Madrid, but it will also serve as the appetiser for what might be in store for the fans when Barça travel to France to take on PSG in the Champions League.

While there were reports claiming that Vitor Roque will start this game, Xavi has gone for Robert Lewandowski once again, perhaps in anticipation of the PSG clash.

The La Masia forward will be armed by Raphinha to his left side, and Lamine Yama to his right while Ferran Torres returns to the bench after a couple of months.

In midfield, then, Ilkay Gundogan has been forced to start another game with Pedri, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong injured. Sergi Roberto will form a double pivot with him, while Fermin Lopez get the nod to start as the attacking midfielder.

Ronald Araujo has been left out of the team for this game, so Inigo Martinez gets the nod to start as the left-sided central defender, partnering Pau Cubarsi in the heart of the backline.

Jules Kounde retains his spot as the right-back after a series of impressive performances, while Joao Cancelo returns to the team after missing the Atletico Madrid game due to precaution.

This back-four will be given the responsibility to guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who had a rather successful international break with Germany.

Confirmed XI: ter Stegen; Kounde, Cubarsi, Inigo, Cancelo; Gundogan, Roberto; Yamal, Fermin, Raphinha; Lewandowski

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