for the Blaugranas will keep them 11 points ahead of second-place Atletico Madrid and third-placed Real Madrid, who have 47 and 43 points respectively ahead of the weekend's round of matches. 

Team News

Valencia CF


In seventh place with 33 points, a whopping 23 less than Barca, Ernesto Valverde's men can better their league standing provided they win and other results go their way.

Los Murciélagos, though, will be buoyed by their 3-2 triumph at Deportivo last Saturday, Ricardo Costa's injury-time winner enough to secure all three points for his team.


Valencia forward Roberto Soldado has returned to training following a thigh injury and could start Sunday’s encounter against Barcelona at Mestalla. However, Dani Parejo (hand) and Jonas (thigh) are unlikely to feature, while Nelson Valdez (calf) is a minor doubt. Left-back Jeremy Mathieu has recovered from his ankle injury but will not be involved, while winger Sofiane Feghouli has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and may start on the bench.

FC Barcelona


Barcelona escaped their midweek cup tussle unscathed and have an injury-free squad for the trip, with Victor Valdes expected to return in goal at the expense of Jose Manuel Pinto.  

Barcelona welcome back Gerard Pique after he missed last weekend’s 5-1 win over Osasuna through suspension.

Striker Isaac Cuenca will play no part after he was loaned out to Ajax on transfer deadline day.

Probable Lineups

Valencia CF: Alves (GK); Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho; Albelda, T Costa; Piatti, Banega, Guardado; Soldado 

FC Barcelona: Valdes (GK); Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Villa 

Where And When

Location: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)

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FC Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

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