Barcelona - Valencia Preview: Los Che can move within five points of Pep Guardiola's side with victory at Camp Nou

The Catalan giants aim to bounce back from their second league defeat of the season as they prepare for a tricky home fixture against Unai Emery's side



Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Adriano
Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta
Sanchez, Messi, Pedro


Miguel, Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu
Albelda, Banega
Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti

Barcelona playmaker Xavi Hernandez is suffering from a calf problem and is unlikely to start Sunday's Primera Division clash with Valencia.

Sergio Busquets is expected to feature, having completed the full 90 minutes in the midweek Champions League win at Bayer Leverkusen, while Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves are both suspended.

Also expected to start is defender Gerard Pique, who was left out of the team to play Leverkusen for "technical reasons".

Mali midfielder Seydou Keita has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations, while Ibrahim Afellay has started training again following a serious knee injury that sidelined him for most of the season.

Valencia boss Unai Emery is set to welcome back David Albelda, Ever Banega and Roberto Soldado to the starting line-up, after the trio were rested on the bench for the Europa League victory at Stoke City.

Winger Jordi Alba (flu) is a doubt for the Camp Nou clash, while Sergio Canales and Antonio Barragan are also out.

  • Barcelona have won 10 and drawn one of their league fixtures at Camp Nou in the current campaign, scoring 45 goals and conceding just three in those matches.
  • The Catalan giants have not lost a competitive match at Camp Nou since a 2-0 league defeat to Hercules in September 2010.
  • With 23 goals to his name, Barcelona's Lionel Messi (pictured) is the second-highest scorer in the Primera Division this season, four behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Valencia are on a five-game winless streak away from home in the league.
  • The coastal club are yet to record a win over Barcelona under Unai Emery.
  • Jordi Alba, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, was signed by Valencia for €6,000 from fourth-tier outfit Cornella in 2007.