Preview - Valencia vs Barcelona 26 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 27, 2017, 07:02 AM

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Valencia vs Barcelona

It is a top-of-the-table clash, and for once, won't involve a Madrid-based team.

Valencia are scoring goals for fun and have won their last eight league games. They will certainly provide a true test for Barcelona, whom you get the sense that they have yet to notch up top gear.

Under Marcelino, Valencia have been brilliant off season, trailing Barcelona by just four points. But he will have to watch Sunday's game from the stands after receiving a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his side's 2-0 win at Espanyol last Sunday.

Simone Zaza, Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes should all return for Valencia after they were rested in the win at Espanyol last Sunday but Jeison Murillo and Javi Jimenez remain on the sidelines.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Leganes while Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano are all missing through injury.

Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract on Saturday, was rested against Juventus in midweek but will start on Sunday.

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
  • Shots: 7-11
  • Possession: 38%-62%
  • Corner kicks: 3-9


Jordi Alba scored a stunning equaliser against former club Valencia to preserve Barcelona's unbeaten record in La Liga after the leaders had been controversially denied a goal.

Lionel Messi's shot squirmed through the gloves of Neto and over the line before the keeper scooped the ball out.

The referee, who was outside the penalty area, waved play on, much to the fury of Barca's players.

Rodrigo then stabbed Valencia ahead before Alba's volley.

Barcelona remain four points clear at the top of La Liga, while Valencia stay second.

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