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Primera División

  • 3 February 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: José Luis González González
  • • Attendance: 45000
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Valencia-Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants look to stretch Liga lead

Valencia-Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants look to stretch Liga lead

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The Blaugrana must guard against complacency as they look to build on an 11-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division standings

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Alves
Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
Albelda, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Guardado
Soldado
BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas

Pedro, Messi, Villa


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.

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia have won four of their last five Liga matches.
  • Los Che have lost their last three encounters against Barcelona by an aggregate score of 8-1.
  • Valencia’s last home win over Barca was a 3-2 success in the Copa del Rey in March 2008.
  • Barcelona have won just two of their last five games in all competitions.
  • With 71 goals scored in their 21 Liga matches, the Catalans possess the most potent attack in La Liga.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 11 consecutive Liga games.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Barcelona

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
19%
77%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
1 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
1 - 4
FC Barcelona FCB
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB

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