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Primera División

  • 22 September 2011
  • • 01:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 52250

La Liga Preview: Valencia - Barcelona

La Liga Preview: Valencia - Barcelona

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It is first against third as the in-form hosts face the champions when Pep Guardiola brings his side to the Mestalla fresh from an eight-goal victory over Osasuna


Valencia (4-3-2-1): Guaita; Jordi Alba, Ruiz, Rami, Bruno; Jonas, Albelda, Canales; Banega, Pablo; Soldado

Roberto Soldado was a slight doubt for this match after hobbling off with a foot injury in Valencia's weekend win over Sporting Gijon. However, it looks like the joint-leading goalscorer of La Liga will recover in time to attempt to continue his impressive form. Unai Emery likes to rotate but he may play the same side to continue their momentum against the champions.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Thiago; Fabregas, Messi, Villa

Gerard Pique has returned to full training after recovering from the calf injury suffered in the Spanish Super Cup. However, the defender will not be match fit and it is unlikely that Guardiola will risk him in his starting XI. Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez are still shelved with hamstring injuries.

  • Valencia's last victory over Barcelona came in 2008 when Juan Mata scored a brace to send his side on their way to a 3-2 victory.
  • Along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Valencia are one of only three Spanish clubs to have won five or more continental titles.
  • In 1919, the first Valencia president was decided by a coin toss.

  • Barcelona are unbeaten against Valencia in eight games in La Liga.

  • A second half strike by Lionel Messi was the difference between the sides in the corresponding fixture last season.

  • Barcelona's David Villa scored 108 goals in 166 games for this week's opponents, Valencia, before making the move to Camp Nou.

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