Feb 3, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Mestalla
Valencia
1-1
Barcelona
Banega (33')
Cissokho (40'), Soldado (47'), Guardado (75')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Messi (39' pen.)
Mascherano (23')

Preview: Valencia vs. Barcelona

Preview: Valencia vs. Barcelona
© PA Photos
Sports Mole previews the match between Valencia and Barcelona in La Liga.

Barcelona travel to Valencia on Sunday evening as they look to maintain their 11-point advantage at the top of the La Liga table.

The Catalan club's form has been indifferent in recent weeks but after earning a creditable draw away at Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey in midweek, they will be confident of overcoming Valencia.

Victor Valdes is expected to return in goal for Barcelona in place of Jose Manuel Pinto.

Valencia are currently in seventh place in the La Liga table but they know that they could potentially move up to fourth place if results go their way this weekend.

However, they must continue to make do without striker Roberto Soldado, who remains on the sidelines with an hamstring injury.

Recent form

Valencia: WLLDW

Barcelona: DLWWD

Possible starting lineups

Valencia: Diego Alves; Ricardo Costa, Rami, Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz; Guardado, Banega, Costa, Valdez; Jonas, Piatti

Barcelona: Valdes; Puyol, Dani Alves, Pique, Jordi Alba; Fabregas, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Pedro; Messi

Sports Mole says: 1-3

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