TEAM NEWS: Iniesta, Messi, Pedro in attack for Barca at Valencia

The Catalan giants opt to play the Spain duo in attack with the Ballon d'Or winner for their trip to the Mestalla

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has fielded a near full strength starting XI for his side’s trip to face Valencia on Sunday evening in La Liga.

Spain internationals, Andres Iniesta and Pedro, will line-up in the front three along with Lionel Messi in what is a talented frontline for Los Cules.

The midfield trio consists of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. However, as the game progresses, expect the former Arsenal man to fluently swap positions with Andres Iniesta in attack.

Perhaps the only first-choice absentee is Carles Puyol. Javier Mascherano is preferred over the Barcelona club captain to partner Gerard Pique in the centre of defence this evening.

For Valencia, Victor Ruiz is once again dispatched as a midfield enforcer despite being a natural central defender. He will partner Tino Costa is the middle for Los Che.

Roberto Soldao is supported up top by an attacking trio of Juan Bernat, Andres Guardado, and Ever Banega.

Valencia (4-2-3-1):
Guaita; Joao, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Cissokho; V. Ruiz, Tino Costa; Bernat, Banega, Guardado; Soldado.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Fabregas, Busquets, Xavi; Iniesta, Messi, Pedro.