Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Barcelona vs AS Roma Gamper Trophy - 05-08-2015

FC Barcelona vs AS Roma
Competition: Joan Gamper Trophy 
Match date: Wednesday, 5th Aug. 2015 - 20:15 GMT 
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

FC Barcelona has not enjoyed a particularly profitable pre-season as they only managed to beat LA Galaxy before recording a loss on penalties to Chelsea and clear defeats against Man United and Fiorentina. Despite the throwaway nature of preseason fixtures, conceding an average of two goals a game never bodes well for a side that conceded only nineteen goals in the league last season. 
Messi and Neymar return to the squad after having received an extended break following the Copa America but Luis Enrique will not have access to new signings Aleix Vidal or Arda Turan until January owing to a transfer embargo. Douglas worked with the physios and will miss the match, whilst Adriano worked with the group, though he is yet to receive the medical okay to play.
AS Roma team opened the 2015/16 pre-season with a penalty-shootout win over Real Madrid in Melbourne (0:0 after 90 minutes) but lost on penalties against Man City and recently suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon.
The Giallorossi have secured the services of Wojciech Szczesny on loan and look on the verge of signing Edin Dzeko from Manchester City. The former Arsenal goalkeeper is likely to start while there could also be space in the match squad for former Barcelona youth teamers, Iago Falque and Antonio Sanabria during the 2nd half. Doumbia, Totti and Gervinho wil probably lead the line.

Probable lineups:
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
AS Roma (4-3-3): Szczesny; Maicon, Leandro Castan, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cole; De Rossi, Nainggolan, Ucan; Doumbia, Totti, Gervinho.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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