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Barcelona FCB Pedri (37'), Aubameyang (49')
UEFA Europa League Round of 16
Mar 17, 2022 KO: 17:45

Galatasaray - Barcelona


Referee: Daniele Orsato
Marcão 29'  
  37' Pedri
  49' Aubameyang

Match preview

Pique on the bench? How Barcelona could line up against Galatasaray

Gerard Pique picked up a groin injury in the win over Granada so may be rested by Barcelona manager Xavi ahead of the Clasico

Barcelona veteran Gerard Pique may have to settle for a place on the bench when the Blaugrana travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the Europa League.

The Catalan side were comfortable 3-0 victors over Osasuna at the weekend, but the result was slightly soured by the injury suffered by Pique, as he was subsequently spotted with an ice pack on his groin.

With the Clasico against Real Madrid coming up on Sunday, the Spaniard may be rested by Xavi for this one.

That could mean a starting berth for Eric Garcia at the back alongside Ronald Araujo.

Ansu Fati, Alejandro Balde, Sergi Roberto, and Samuel Umtiti remain long-term absentees for Barca.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal behind a likely back four of Sergino Dest, Garcia, Araujo and Jordi Alba.

Dani Alves is not in Barcelona's Europa League squad and so is ineligible.

Frenkie de Jong was rested at the weekend so we might see him return to the starting XI at the expense of Gavi. Sergio Busquets and Pedri will probably retain their places from the Osasuna win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Torres were all excellent in La Liga, and Xavi could keep things the same for the front three versus Galatasaray.

The first leg a week ago between Barca and the Turkish giants ended 0-0 at Camp Nou.

Predicted Barcelona XI v Galatasaray

Match statistics

Galatasaray
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
5
10
Draws
7
6
Losses
8
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
27
40
Goals Per Game
1.35
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
9
13
More > 3 Goals
7
10
Scored First in a Match
7
10
Scored Both Halves
6
10
Won More > 1 Goal
3
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
30
26
Did Not Score
7
3
Both Teams Scored
12
13
Kept Clean Sheet
4
5
Won Without Conceding
1
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
15
Shots on Target
5.26
5.05
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.16
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.67
2.50
Penalties
0.20
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
12
8.90
Shots on Target Conceded
4.21
3.55
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
14
Yellow Cards
2.45
2.20
Red Cards
0.05
0.05