Messi scored twice as Barca won the reverse fixture 2-0 in August, while the Catalan club also triumphed when the sides met in last season’s cup final. Messi opened the scoring that day, too.
Yes, after a Copa del Rey debut in midweek, Philippe Coutinho – signed from Liverpool this month – is handed his first Barcelona start. He lines up alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a very strong home XI.
Subs: Sivera, Dieguez, Pedraza, Vigaray, Demirovic, Aguirregabiria, El Haddadi.
Alaves (4-4-2): Pacheco, Duarte, Laguardia, Maripan, Alexis, Wakaso, Medran, Hernan Perez, Ibai Gomez, Sobrino, Guidetti.
Subs: Cillessen, Alba, Busquets, Vidal, Roberto, Alcacer, Mina.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez.