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    Barcelona hopes to rebound from a stunning defeat over the weekend when it hosts Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Tuesday. Lionel Messi and company were upset at Levante on Saturday in La Liga play as the pressure mounts on Ernesto Valverde’s team due to the inconsistency.

    A loss here could mean disaster for the coach’s job. But Barca will be confident in getting three points at home after beating Slavia Prague on the road during Matchday 3. The team has looked far from consistent to begin the season, but more so away from home. The expectation is for Barca to win comfortably and remain in first place, just ahead of Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

    A win will see Barca pretty much wrap up Group F. Barca enters the day three points above Dortmund and Inter, who who play each other. A tie between those two could see Barca go five clear of both with just two games remaining. The key for Barca will be to remain composed, because against Levante, Barca was far from that, conceding three times in seven minutes. Slavia can do damage, especially in the air, but Barca should be able to be in full control by halftime.

    All out defense is the way to get a result here. Barca’s attacking ability is the main concern. The hosts have shown some struggles in attack that will having Slavia feeling confident in scoring, and not having to deal with Luis Suarez will be nice. They’ll need an early goal to create momentum. Slavia scored four goals on Saturday in league play, but more importantly, the team recorded a clean sheet.

    Ernesto Valverde’s side are having a Jekyll & Hyde season: they have blown teams out of the water at Camp Nou with a perfect La Liga record at home (five wins and a +15 goal difference), but have lost three of their six games on the road, including a 3-1 shock at Levante on Saturday.

    Barca were a little fortunate both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid also drew this weekend, but the Blaugrana are back at home, where a win would all but guarantee them a spot in the last-16.

    Slavia are bottom of Group F, and with Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund battling it out in Germany, three more points would ease the pressure on Valverde a little.

    Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez, but Ousmane Dembele could feature.

    Suarez suffered a calf injury in Barca’s 3-1 loss at Levante on Saturday and was expected to be out for three weeks.

    That injury is not as serious as first thought and coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday that the Uruguay striker could be back in time for the league game against Celta Vigo at the weekend.

    The meeting with Slavia is likely to come too soon for the 32-year-old, however, and he could be replaced in the starting XI by Dembele.

    The French forward was surprisingly left out of the squad for the Levante game, despite being available again after a two-match ban.

    Asked after the game about the winger’s absence, Valverde said it was a “technical decision”.

    Reports in France claimed the 22-year-old was in fact left out due to a slight hamstring strain, but he trained normally on Monday and could start alongside Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann against Slavia.

    Injury had interrupted Messi’s start to the campaign, but he has been looking like himself again during recent performances. Having the Argentina international back on song will help Barca overtake Borussia Dortmund in the group.

    Slavia Prague are rooted to the foot of the table after collecting a single point from two matches. The team from the Czech Republic have some useful players in attack, though, particularly goalscoring midfielder Tomas Soucek, but they will still struggle to keep pace with the visitors.

    Date: Wednesday, October 23

    Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

    TV Info: BT Sport 3

    In midfield, Arthur is a surprise exclusion from the squad and his place in the starting line-up could go to Arturo Vidal.

    Meanwhile, Jordi Alba is fit again after a knock and should start at left-back, with Nelson Semedo set to feature on the right after he was chosen to speak to the media on Monday.

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