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.
Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
Albelda, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Guardado
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. Winger Sofiane Feghouli has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and may start on the bench.
Barcelona welcomes 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 has won four of its 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 has won just two of its 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.