NEWS
Saturday December 8 2018
La Liga line-ups: Espanyol-Barcelona

Luis Suarez is back for Barcelona against Espanyol in the Catalan Derbi this evening.

Suarez returns after two weeks out with a knee injury, partnering Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele up top.

However, Philippe Coutinho is the player who makes way as Arturo Vidal gets the nod in central midfield.

Samuel Umtiti, Arthur, Malcom and Sergi Roberto are all sidelined, while Rafinha will miss the rest of the season.

Espanyol, for their part, have lost their last three League games but are just eight points behind Barca in eighth place.

They have never beaten the Blaugrana at Cornella-El Prat in La Liga, although they did win 1-0 in the Copa del Rey last season.

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Espanyol: Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Oscar Duarte, Didac; Victor Sanchez, Roca, Darder; Hernan, Iglesias, Melendo

Subs: Roberto, Naldo, Rosales, Sergio Garcia, Baptistao, Piatti, Granero

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele

Subs: Denis, Coutinho, Cillessen, Munir, Alena, Vermaelen, Juan Miranda

Referee: Del Cerro Grande

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