Champions League: Barcelona vs Spartak Moscow - Preview

Updated: Sep 19, 2012, 12:11 PM IST

Lionel Messi started from the bench in Barcelona`s convincing win over Getafe at the weekend after his international exertions, but the Argentina captain is expected to reclaim his place in the starting line-up for the Catalans` 2012-13 Champions League bow. Fellow forward David Villa will also be in contention after scoring from the bench in Saturday`s 4-1 victory.

Spartak coach Unai Emery must decide whether to keep faith with striker Artem Dzyuba as the focal point of his favoured 4-2-3-1 line-up, particularly since substitute Emmanuel Emenike replaced him in the club`s last run-out and scored to help the Russians to a 2-2 draw away to Kuban.

Probable lineups

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Villa.

Spartak Moscow: Dikan, Kombarov, Insaurralde, Suchy, Kombarov, Romulo, Kallstrom, McGeady, Ari, Bil`yov, Dzyuba