Line-ups: Barca-Real

Xavi Hernandez starts in a new-look midfield for Barcelona this afternoon as they look to inflict revenge on Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.

The veteran replaces Ivan Rakitic, who is rested for the visit of the Basques, and joins fellow new face Rafinha, with Andres Iniesta dropped to the substitutes’ bench.

Elsewhere, Marc Bartra’s inclusion at centre-back allows Javier Mascherano to complement Xavi and Rafinha in central midfield, while Adriano fills in for Jordi Alba at left-back.

La Blaugrana will be seeking payback for their 1-0 defeat at Anoeta in January, although their form since that fateful night reads a staggering 27 wins in 29 matches.

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Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano; Mascherano, Xavi, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Subs: Ter Stegen, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Pedro

Real Sociedad: Rulli; Martinez, Mikel, Inigo, De la Bella; Granero, Bergara, Pardo; Prieto, Vela, Canales

Subs: Zubikarai, Yuri, Zaldua, Elustondo, Castro, Agirretxe, Finnbogason

Referee: Ignacio Iglesias