Coming off their Spanish Super Cup claim, Barcelona look to continue their dominant run in La Liga as they travel to Mestalla on Sunday and face Valencia.
Both clubs remain relatively quiet as the summer transfer session ends on Monday, but the Catalans were tied Benefica’s Oscar Cardozo and Porto’s Ellaquin Mangala earlier this week. Barcelona also reportedly came to terms on a new contract with 22-year-old forward Cristian Tello on Friday, and are probably satisfied with the acquistion of Neymar earlier this summer.
Los Che don’t appear eager to spend the £26 million they netted for top scorer Roberto Soldado, and are still looking to sell. Adil Rami and Vicente Guaita have both been rumored for a switch to the Premier League.
Valencia’s sale of Soldado has the club seeking a new leader at the attack, with Heider Postiga and Ricardo Costa each netting a goal in the club’s previous two matches. Los Che struggled to follow up on their opening 1-0 La Liga victory over Malaga, and fell to Espanyol 3-1 last week.
The Catalans began their La Liga title defense with a 7-0 crushing of Levante, and then slowed things down with a quiet 1-0 victory over Malaga. Lionel Messi and Pedro have both notched two goals thus far, and Cesc Fabregas has two assists. And counting international play, keeper Victor Valdes has not surrendered a goal since February, and has 21 saves.
In their two matches last year, Barcelona took the first 1-0, and Valencia forced a 1-1 draw.
D: Pereira, Rami, Costa, Mathieu
M: Feghouli, Banega, Fuego, Michel
F: Jonas, Postiga
D: Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
M: Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas
F: Pedro, Messi, Sanchez
Prediction: Barcelona 2, Valencia 1
Where to watch: The Premier Division match will kick-off at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by beIN Sport, with a live stream available on beIN Sport Play.
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