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February 3, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
33′ Ever Banega
Lionel Messi 39′ (PG)

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

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

By Karthick Arvinth

Cesc Fábregas | Real Madrid v Barcelona | Clásico
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  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.


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Available Squads
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
12João PereiraDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
5Víctor RuizDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
14Juan BernatMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
19BarragánDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
16CanalesMidfielder
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0