FC Barcelona will be going head-to-head against Valencia at Mestalla today at 8:45 NST, with hopes to maintain their position at the top of the table. Mestalla has historically been a very difficult arena for Barca, and we’ll see how Quique Setien’s side deals with Valencia and their supporters tonight.
FC Barcelona come into this fixture after a 2-1 Copa Del Rey win over Segunda B division side Ibiza. Antoine Griezmann delivered a vivid performance to maintain Setien’s 100% record. Barcelona secured the win coming back from a 1-0 deficit.
Albert Celades’ Valencia side come to this clash looking to rejuvenate from their 4-1 loss at the hands of Mallorca. Although Valencia managed to tip-off UD Logrones to advance to last 16 of the Cop Del Rey, this fixture will be the perfect proving ground for Los Ches.
Quique Setien’s side will be missing Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez with their respective injuries, whereas De Jong comes back to the side after a suspension. From the youth ranks, Iñaki Peña and Alex Collado will be traveling with the senior squad. Ansu Fati is included in the squad, with Messi, Pique, and Busquests returning.
Valencia will be without Cristiano Piccini due to an injury and Dani Parejo is suspended for the clash. Moreno and Vallejo are expected to miss tonight’s clash due to respective injuries.
1. ter Stegen 2. N. Semedo 3. Piqué 4. I. Rakitic 5. Sergio 8. Arthur 10. Messi 15. Lenglet 17. Griezmann 18. Jordi Alba 20. S. Roberto 21. F. de Jong 22. Vidal 23. Umtiti 24. Junior 26. Iñaki Peña 30. Collado 31. Ansu Fati
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Fati
Valencia (4-4-2): Domenech; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Cheryshev, Kondogbia, Coquelin, Soler; Rodrigo, Gameiro
Provided that Quique Setien has made the side reignite and follow their own trait, this will be a treat to watch. VISCA EL BARCA!