Barcelona vs. Valencia: La Liga – Match Preview

Valencia travel to Barcelona having dismissed coach Marcelino during the recent international break.

Barcelona have made a mixed start to the 2019-20 La Liga campaign, claiming just four points from three games.

Last time out they were held to a 2-2 draw away at Osasuna, conceding a late equaliser.

Valencia have claimed the same amount of points as Barcelona and the sacking of Marcelino seems very harsh.

Marcelino guided Valencia to the Copa del Rey in 2019 as well as Champions League football.

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Match history
Valencia held Barcelona to two draws in the 18-19 campaign and also beat them in the Copa del Rey final.

Last five La Liga meetings
Barcelona 2 Valencia 2 – 02/02/19
Valencia 1 Barcelona 1 – 07/10/18
Barcelona 2 Valencia 1 – 14/04/18
Valencia 1 Barcelona 1 – 26/11/17
Barcelona 4 Valencia 2 – 19/03/17

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Team news
Lionel Messi is yet to feature this season, however having missed the international break he should return.

Clement Lenglet should continue ahead of Samuel Umtiti once again.

Geoffrey Kondogbia should return having missed the last fixture for Valencia.

Gabriel Paulista is another who is likely to come back into the XI, with Adam Diakhaby dropping out.

Expected starting XI’s
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Lenglet, Pique, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Roberto; Perez, Griezmann, Messi
Valencia (4-3-3): Cillessen; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya; Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia; Torres, Rodrigo, Guedes

Predictions

Result: Barcelona (4/9 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-1 (13/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Lionel Messi (4/6 with Bet 365)

Odds correct at time of article (18:00, 12/09), they are subject to change

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