Wounded Barcelona will be hosting Valencia as they search for the maximum point, to serve as an elixir to those wounded flesh.
Barcelona are in dark cloud of form after they can only savage 1 victory in their last 5 games, compared to 5 wins in their previous 5. The Spanish league defending champions lost 2 consecutive leagues as they squandered a wide margin on the log.
However, Valencia recorded their first league victory in 5 games, after they narrowly outscored Sevilla in a last league clash that ended 2-1.
- Barcelona have lost 2 consecutive league game
- Barcelona have 1 victory in 5 games in all competition
- Barcelona have won 4 of their last 5 home league games
- Valencia can boast of 1 win in 5 league games
- Valencia have 2 victories in 5 games in all competition
- Valencia have won 2 of their last 5 away league games
Team News: Barcelona
The club reported Thomas Vermaleen suffered a calf injury during training on Monday. This disqualified the Belgium from participating in his side Wednesday champion’s league quarter final clash. Suarez will be available for selection after he missed the Real Sociedad clash due to suspension.
Predicted Line-Up: (4-3-3)
Bravo: Pique, Mascherano, Alves, Alba- Iniesta, Busquet, Rakitic- Messi, Neymar, Suarez.
Team News: Valencia
Valencia winger Feghouli is currently under a club suspension, after a disciplinary action was opened against him for not joining team post warm up. The Algerian could be unavailable for the game if the case isn’t settled before Sunday.
Predicted Line-Up: (4-1-2-3)
Alves: Siqueira, Mustafi, Barragan, Abdennour- Fuego- Gomes, Parejo- Mina, Alcacer, Rodrigo.
Barcelona Vs Valencia: Head-To-Head-Stats
In recent times, encounter between these two teams as always been in Barca’s favour. The most recent been the 8-1 aggregate thrashing of the Valencia side in February. However, the Valencia side had the laugh at Nou after a 2-3 victory over the host in February 2014.
Finally, in 10 meeting among them Barcelona claimed 6 victories, Valencia claimed 1, and the 1 ended in a draw.
Barcelona Vs Valencia: Prediction
Valencia will be meeting a wounded lion come Sunday in Camp Nou, a side whose only major stake is the league title. To avoid a more horrible end to the season Luis Enrique will be gearing is boys up for a comeback after suffering back to back defeat in Europe.
I forecast a Barcelona wide margin victory, because it will far from a close encounter in Camp Nou.