Barcelona continue their 2016-2017 pre season with a match against the English Champions Leicester City. Barcelona faced Celtic in their opening encounter with the Scottish outfit providing a good test to start their pre-season. Leicester have been basking in the afterglow of their completely unforeseen league title last season and enjoying their seat at the big clubs table to start the summer. They will use this game to finalize their preparations for the annual start of the English top flight season the Community Shield. Barcelona meanwhile welcomed back several of their players who participated in the European Championships and Copa America however only Sergi Busquets and Javier Mascherano made the squad despite Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen, Claudio Bravo, Douglas and Marc Andre Ter Stegen having returned to training this week.
Recent Head to Head:
Key Man Watch
Carles Alena: The youngster showed some very nice touches during the first game against Celtic. With Sergi Samper being rumored to be loaned out to Valencia and Arda Turan constantly being linked with a move away from Barca, Alena make his case for getting some minutes in the current Barcelona midfield. Best known for his amazing solo goal against Roma in the UEFA Youth League game, Alena appears to have a bright future ahead and the first steps could be made in this pre-season.
Ahmed Musa: The Nigerian international striker joined on a deal from CSKA Moscow this summer for a club record 16 million euros. The highly rated striker notched 17 goals last season including 4 in Europe and would love to get his first goal for the Foxes against the Blaugrana.
Possible starting xi:
Masip; Sergi Roberto; Marlon; Mascherano; Mathieu; Busquets; Denis; Arda; Messi; Suarez; Munir
Prediction: Leicester City are a bit further along in their pre-season preparations that Barcelona and should welcome the opportunity to rebound following their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Paris St Germain. Barcelona meanwhile will welcome the opportunity to get some more minutes under their belts for key players. Barcelona 2 Leicester City 2