Feb 1, 2014 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčCamp Nou
Barcelona
2-3
Valencia
Sanchez (7'), Messi (54' pen.)
Alba (52'), Mascherano (79'), Busquets (94')
Alba (78')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Parejo (44'), Piatti (48'), Alcacer (59')
Parejo (45'), Costa (53'), Alves (90')

Preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia

Preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Valencia.

Barcelona will be hoping to remain top of La Liga by overcoming Valencia at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Gerardo Martino's side are ahead of Atletico Madrid at the summit on goal difference after seeing off Malaga last Sunday.

Valencia's 2-2 draw with Espanyol last weekend means that they have won just one of their last six matches.

The hosts secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey in midweek when they beat Levante 5-1.

Martino is expected to make a host of changes to the side that beat Levante, with Lionel Messi and Xavi in line to start. Victor Valdes will also return in goal after being replaced by Jose Manuel Pinto in midweek.

Valencia striker Helder Postiga could return to the starting XI after being dropped to the substitutes' bench against Espanyol.

Recent form

Barcelona: WWWDDW

Valencia: LLWLDD

Possible starting lineups

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Alexis, Messi, Pedro

Valencia: Alves; Joao, R Costa, Mathieu, Guardado; Romeu, Parejo; Jonas, Banega, Piatti; Postiga

Sports Mole says: 2-0

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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2Valencia853021101118
3Real Madrid8521157817
4Atletico MadridAtletico8440135816
5Sevilla851294516
6Leganes842273414
7Real Sociedad84131917213
8Villarreal84131110113
9Real Betis84131717013
10Celta Vigo83231813511
11Athletic Bilbao8323109111
12Levante8242810-210
13Espanyol8233711-49
14Getafe822410918
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo8224916-78
16EibarEibar8215317-147
17GironaGirona8134713-66
18Las PalmasLas Palmas8206718-116
19AlavesAlaves8107312-93
20Malaga8017418-141