Venue: Nou Camp, Barcelona
Kick-off: 8:00 PM GMT / 03:00 PM EST
Barcelona managed to reclaim top spot in the La Liga table with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid last weekend and now the Catalan giants look to take a step towards sealing their place in the final of the Copa Del Rey in midweek.
The opponents for Barcelona is Valencia and although Los Che are struggling at the moment, the match promises to be a very tough encounter for the home side and manager Luis Enrique must most certainly not allow his players to be complacent heading into the clash.
Injury Doubts: Rafinha
Barcelona Probable Lineup: Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Mascherano, Vidal; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Suarez, Neymar, Messi
Gary Neville’s search for a first La Liga victory with Valencia continued after his side succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat at the hands of relegation battlers Sporting Gijon last weekend and the Englishman is now certainly feeling the heat.
While Neville has managed to guide Valencia to the semi finals of the Copa Del Rey, they have been anything but convincing in their performances and with a clash against the mighty Barcelona up next, not many believe that Los Che will be able to advance into the final of the competition.
Injury Doubts: Diego Alves Carreira, Pablo Piatti, Francisco Alcacer, Javi Fuego, Enzo Pérez
Valencia Probable Lineup: Ryan; Barragan, Addennour, Mustafi, Gaya; Feghouli, Piatti, Gomes, Parejo; Negredo, Alcacer
Due to the fact that Barcelona are in stunning form, alone means that they have to be considered favourites to claim a victory on Wednesday night. In addition, Valencia look completely hapless under Neville and it seems like the result of the game is already a foregone conclusion.
That said though, Valencia are still a good side and Barcelona can only underestimate their opponents at their own peril. The match should be a keenly contested encounter but Barcelona should be able to claim a comfortable win on the night.
Barcelona 2 – 0 Valencia
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