Barcelona vs Porto lineups, starting 11s, team news for Champions League match: Ter Stegen to miss out

Barcelona are closing in on a place in the Champions League Round of 16 ahead of their group-stage clash with Porto on November 28.

A home victory for Xavi’s side would confirm the Catalans as Group H winners, based on their head-to-head record with both Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk, ahead of a final group match against Royal Antwerp on December 13.

If they can secure their knockout spot in 2024, Xavi will be looking to focus on a tightening La Liga title race before the end of December, with matches against close rivals Girona and Atletico Madrid to come.

The battle for second place in Group H is likely to go right until the final round of group games with Porto hosting Shakhtar, although the Portuguese side could keep their destiny firmly in their own hands if they can spring a shock against Barca.

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Barcelona vs Porto lineups

Barcelona will be without Gavi for the remainder of the 2023/24 season after the 19-year-old suffered a serious knee injury on international duty with Spain. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is also unlikely to be risked due to a back issue, with Inaki Pena expected to cover in goal.

Veteran campaigner Pepe is the main injury concern for Porto with the former Real Madrid defender struggling with a muscle strain.

Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of their Champions League match at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on November 28.

Barcelona starting 11

(4-3-3): Pena (GK) — Cancelo, Araujo, Martinez, Balde  — Pedri, Gundogan, De Jong — Lamine Yamal, Lewandowski, Felix.

  • Injured: Gavi, Roberto, Ter Stegen (doubt)
  • Suspended: None

Pena completed 90 minutes in the 1-1 weekend La Liga draw away at Rayo Vallecano and is ready continue in place of Ter Stegen, with Ilkay Gundogan expected to start over Oriol Romeu in the Barcelona midfield. Lamine Yamal will battle Raphinha for a space in attack.

Porto starting 11

(4-4-2): Costa (GK) — Mario, Grujic, Sanchez, Sanusi — Franco, Eustaquio, Varela, Galeno — Evanilson, Taremi.

  • Injured: Wendell, Zaidu, Marcano, Veron, Pepe (doubt).
  • Suspended: Carmo

Porto have not played a league game since before the November international break and head coach Sergio Conceicao is set to rotate with Marko Grujic and Mehdi Taremi returning. Grujic may well play at centre-back in the absence of the suspended David Carmo.

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Barcelona vs Porto live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

  TV channel Streaming
USA TUDN USA, Univision Paramount+, ViX, Univision NOW
UK TNT Sports 4 discovery+
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN
India  — Sony LIV, JioTV
New Zealand  — beIN Sports Connect
Malaysia  — beIN Sports Connect
Singapore  — beIN Sports Connect
Hong Kong  — beIN Sports Connect

USA: This game can be streamed through Paramount+. You can now get the rest of the Champions League group stage (plus three months Serie A, WSL and more) for just $5.97.

Canada: DAZN is the home of UEFA Champions League football in Canada.

Australia: Every UEFA Champions League Match. 4K UHD. Exclusive & Ad-free on Stan Sport. The Home of UEFA Champions League.

UK: This match is available on TNT Sports 2 and via live stream through discovery+.

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