Barcelona will look to continue their fine form in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday as they travel to face Ferencvaros.
Ronald Koeman has had a dream start so far in Europe with his side winning all four of their previous games. Victories over Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv and Wednesday’s opponents Ferencvaros have left Barcelona sitting pretty at the top of the group G, with a place in the last 16 already in the bag. The manager could choose to rest key players with the injuries piling up, and it will be interesting to see who gets a run out.
Ferencvaros are yet to win so far in the Champions League this season and did well to even take a point from Dynamo Kyiv last month. Their form is good in the league though, boasting an unbeaten start to the season domestically.
When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 2 December
What Time Is Kick Off? 8PM (GMT)
Where Is It Played? Puskas Arena
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK)
Referee? Aleksei Kulbakov
Barcelona find themselves dangerously short of centre-backs at present. Gerard Pique is currently out with a long term knee injury, while fellow defenders Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are also on the treatment table. Things went from bad to worse for Koeman at the weekend as he was forced to watch Clement Lenglet hobble off the pitch with an ankle injury.
Captain Lionel Messi sat out last week’s thrashing of Dynamo Kyiv and could well be rested once again with Barcelona’s place in the next round already secured. Miralem Pjanic, Ousmane Dembele and Francisco Trincao will all be raring for a start. Sergio Busquets returned to action against Osasuna at the weekend and could play again.
Ferencvaros have been fortunate with injuries so far this season with defender Eldar Civic their only injury doubt. Marcel Heister has filled in in recent games and should keep his place on Wednesday. Endre Botka was forced to isolate earlier in the month and returns for what will no doubt be a busy game for him.
Fernenvaros: Dibusz; Botka, Frimpong, Blazic, Heister; Skvarka, Kharatin; Zubkov, Nguen, Uzuni; Batrina.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Busquets, Mingueza, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena, Coutinho; Trincao, Braithwaite, Dembele.
Barcelona sit top of Group G on 12 points having won all of their first four games. They go into this game off the back of a 4-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend and will be brimming with confidence.
The first encounter between these two teams saw Barcelona run out 5-1 winners, despite playing with ten men for 25 minutes.
Ferencvaros have had a torrid Champions League campaign but are doing very well for themselves in the league. They are currently unbeaten this season and go into Wednesday’s game on a three match winning run. Will it be enough to lay a glove on Barcelona though?
Ferencvaros 2-0 MTK Budapest (28/11)
Honved 0-1 Ferencvaros (21/11)
Ferencvaros 3-0 Mezokovesd (08/11)
Fehervar 1-1 Ferencvaros (31/10)
Ferencvaros 2-0 Ujpest (24/10)
Barcelona 4-0 Osasuna (29/11)
Dynamo Kyiv 0-4 Barcelona (24/11)
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (21/11)
Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis (07/11)
Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kyiv (04/11)
Even though Koeman may not choose to start Messi, Barcelona have more than enough fire power to see off Ferencvaros. It will be a good opportunity to give players minutes but Koeman will be keen not to pick up any more injuries.
Prediction: Ferencvaros 0-3 Barcelona