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Barcelona vs Valencia: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | LaLiga 2018-19

Varun Nair
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909   //    02 Feb 2019, 07:38 IST

Can Barcelona increase their lead at the top of the table?
Can Barcelona increase their lead at the top of the table?

With Atletico Madrid set to play a day later, Barcelona has a chance to increase their lead at the top of the table to 8 points when they host Valencia in the Camp Nou today.

The Blaugrana were at their absolute best the last time they took to the field in the Camp Nou as they thrashed Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in the midweek. Barcelona is on an 8-match winning streak in the La Liga and will be looking extend their run.

After a very poor start to the season, Valencia has found their form in the right time as they look to climb further up the top of the table. Los Che is just 7 points behind the 4th and last Champions league holder Sevilla, and a win could see them reducing the gap.

The first encounter between the sides ended with Valencia and Barcelona playing out a draw at the Mestalla.


Team News

Barcelona


Busquets is out with suspension
Busquets is out with suspension

Jasper Cillesen joined the injury list after the Dutch keeper injured himself in the training. Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti are still out injured for the Blaugrana while Sergio Busquets will be missing out of action due to suspension.

The return to form of Philippe Coutinho will be a welcome boost to Ernesto Valverde after the Brazilian scored twice in the midweek win over Sevilla.

Valencia

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Key players Geoffrey Kondogbia and Goncalo Guedes will be missing for the Los Che with injuries.

Defender Mouctar Diakhaby will be missing the action due to suspension with Ezequiel Garay likely to be given the nod in place of the young French player. 


Probable Lineup

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Arthur, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Piccini, Paulista, Garay, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Cheryshev; Moreno, Mina

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