Line-ups: Alaves-Barca

Barcelona have Andres Iniesta back and Paulinho among their substitutes against Alaves in La Liga this evening.

Iniesta had been struggling with a thigh injury from the Supercopa but has been passed fit for the clash at Mendizorroza.

Paulinho is also free to make his Barca debut after his €40m arrival from Guangzhou Evergande, albeit coming off the bench.

Elsewhere for the Catalans, Aleix Vidal is preferred to Nelson Semedo at right-back and Sergi Roberto moves to the right wing, with Lionel Messi staying on as a false 9.

Alaves famously beat Barca 2-1 at Camp Nou last season, although the Blaugrana demolished the Basques 6-0 in the return fixture, before beating them again in the Copa del Rey Final.

Starting at left-back for the hosts is Alfonso Pedraza, who spent the second half of last season on loan at English club Leeds United.

However, Enzo Zidane – son of Real Madrid boss Zinedine – is only named a substitute.

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Alaves: Pacheco; Vigaray, Ely, Alexis, Pedraza; Romero, Pina, Wakaso, Manu, Ibai; Sobrino

Subs: Ruben Duarte, Maripan, Christian Santos, Sivera, Burgui, Daniel Torres

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Sergi Roberto, Messi, Deulofeu

Subs: Semedo, Denis, Cillessen, Mascherano, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne

Referee: Del Cerro Grande

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