Record-breaking Valencia tee up blockbuster Barcelona clash
Barcelona will have to contend with a red-hot Valencia at Mestalla next week after LaLiga's second-placed side won again versus Espanyol.
Valencia will take record-breaking form into next weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Barcelona after racking up an eighth consecutive LaLiga win on Sunday.
Having set a new club benchmark of seven successive league victories before the international break, Los Che continued their eye-catching run with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Espanyol.
Geoffrey Kondogbia and Santi Mina scored second-half goals to set up a mouth-watering test against table-toppers Barca at Mestalla in seven days' time.
Valencia's haul of 30 points from their opening 12 games, while still four shy of Ernesto Valverde's side, is their best-ever start to a LaLiga campaign.
Marcelino's men will also have the advantage of a greater rest period leading into next Sunday's encounter, with Barca due to visit Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
8 - Valencia have won eight La Liga games in a row for the first time ever. Outsider. pic.twitter.com/CZmp8qsSOT— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 19, 2017
30 - Valencia are enjoying their best ever start after the first 12 games of a La Liga season (30 points). Clockwork pic.twitter.com/voCh8NvlA7— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 19, 2017