WATCH LIVE : FC Porto VS Barcelona (Champions League)
The home team will be without, the services of Ivan Marcano, Evanilson, Gabriel Veron and Zaidu Sanusi.
Meanwhile, the availability of their 40-year-old skipper Pepe is still doubtful after missing the clash against Benfica because of a muscular problem.
Sergio Conceicao is expected, to go ahead with the 4-2-3-1 formation, where Diogo Costa will be in goal. Joao Mario and Wendell will start out wide as the full-backs.
If Pepe is not fit in time, Fabio Cardoso will start alongside David Carmo. Stephen Eustaquio and Alan Varela will start as the double pivot in the centre of the park.
While they would love to dictate, the pace of the game, they will most likely have a lot of defensive duties against the Catalan giants.
Andre Franco and Galeno, who contributed towards all three goals in their last Champions League, outing will start on the flanks. Ivan Jaime will feature as an attacking midfielder just behind Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi.
FC Porto Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Diogo Costa; João Mário, Fábio Cardoso, David Carmo, Wendell; Varela, Eustáquio; Galeno, Romário Baró, Pepê; Taremi.
Raphinha picked up a hamstring injury, in their last outing and is all set to be out for the next few weeks. Apart from the Brazilian, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong are unavailable for this fixture.
Xavi will once again, go ahead with the 4-3-3 formation, where Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be an automatic pick in goal.
Joao Cancelo and Alejandro Balde, will be the full-backs. The duo have been in sensational form, and they will look to continue in a similar fashion.
In the heart of the defence, Andreas Christensen could start alongside Jules Kounde.
Oriol Romeu will start in front of the back line as the defensive midfielder. Gavi and Ilkay Gundogan will be there to support Romeu in the centre of the park. The duo will look to dictate the pace of the game and supply balls to their forwards.
Lamine Yamal could get his first start in the Champions League, with Raphinha out and Joao Felix is expected to continue on the left flank. Meanwhile, star striker Robert Lewandowski will continue in goal.
Barcelona Lineup (4-3-3)
Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Kounde, Araujo, Balde; Romeu, Gavi, Gundogan; Joao Felix, Lewandowski, Lamine Yamal.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams in the UEFA Champions League history. Barcelona have won four out of their last five outings against FC Porto.
The home team have only won one Champions League game against the Catalan giants which came back in 1985/16.
Xavi’s team are unbeaten in all competitions in the 2023/24 season. Prior to their defeat against Benfica in their last outing, Porto were on a seven-match unbeaten run.