Barcelona vs Praha Prediction: Dembele to start in place of Suarez

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Champions League, Group F Prediction: Barcelona vs Slavia Praha

Stadium: Camp Nou

Betting Odds: Barcelona 1.2; Draw 7.60 ; Praha 18.00

Probability of Win: Barcelona 80%; Draw 14% ; Praha 6%

Barcelona is at top of the table, but the group is still open and any of top three can still qualify. Barcelona look like outright favourite for the match.


Injury Concern: Suárez (calf), Arthur (rested), Todibo (rested), Wagué (rested), Junior Firpo (rested), Umtiti (Knee)

Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Griezmann, Dembele

Barcelona had their major setback at the weekend as they went down 1-3 to Levante. They have their first eleven to play Levante. Barca need to get a win to secure a place in the knock out of the Champions League.

Barcelona have scored three goals or more in 13 of their last 17 home games in this competition. Catalan side have 30 wins in their previous 33 home clashes in Europe. Before this season, Barca had scored three in eight of 11 group-stage home games. Given they head into this one with 13 goals in four at the Nou Camp, Barca should rack up a few.

Samuel Umtiti and Luis Suarez will miss out with a knee and calf problem, respectively. Ousmane Dembele could be recalled in place of Suarez, who picked up against Levante at the weekend. The France international perhaps joining Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the attack. Ansu Fati and Carlos Perez may also come as a substitution for Valverde.

Slavia Praha

Injury Concern: Hovorka (knee)

Predicted XI: Kolář; Coufal, Kúdela, Frydrych, Bořil; Masopust, Ševčík, Souček, Traoré, Stanciu, Olayinka

As for Slavia, central defender David Hovorka remains a long-term absentee due to a knee injury. Ibrahim Traore could start for the first time in the Champions League since the clash with Inter after recovering from an ankle problem. Peter Olayinka is again expected to feature in the final third alongside Lukas Masopust, with Tomas Soucek.