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LaLiga 13ª Jornada

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Valencia – Barcelona (La Liga)

No doubt this will be the matchday of the weekend, with the two best in form teams of the league facing each other on Sunday, at the Mestalla Stadium, in match to count for the La Liga Matchday 13. Both teams have not yet tasted defeat this season and arrive here in a fantastic form, and both lost points against Atletico Madrid, Valencia with a 0-0 draw at home, and Barcelona with a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. This is undoubtedly a game no to be missed.

Valencia are 2nd in the League table with 30 points, result of 9 victories and 3 draws, with 32 goals scored and 11 conceded. After their disappointing campaign last season, this is now brand new Valencia in the Spanish league, they are enjoying a fantastic run of results in the competition and, besides being undefeated until now, they have won all their last 8 consecutive matches in the competition. The team led by Marcelino Toral has a 4 point disadvantage with leader Barcelona, but also has a 8 point advantagem from 3rd and 4rd Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Valencia have the second best attack of competition, and are the fourth team with less goals conceded.

Of the 6 games played at home for La Liga, Los Che won 5 and drew the other one, with a total of 16 goals scored and 2 goals conceded, and they seem to be improvingas they have won the last two matches played here and scored 7 goals without conceding in the process. Marcelino Toral’s men have been playing a very appealing offensive football, they are very strong in attacking down the wings and trough the middle of the pitch, and can create several chances through individual skill and, above all, they are lethal in counter-attacks, with Gonçalo Guedes standing out in this kind of offensive transition.

Besides this, Simone Zaza is, with 9 goals scored in La Liga, the 2nd top scorer of the competition. This will be the greatest test to Valencia’s home form so far. But apart from having the home factor on their side and by hosting a Barcelona somewhat worn out thanks to the Champions League, Marcelino Toral should already have a meticulously studied plan to guarantee the 3 poionts here. Whe will see if this wether this results, or not.

In their last 5 official games, Valencia has a record of 5 victories. This sequence of results started with a 4-0 victory against Sevilla. This result was followed by a 0-2 victory over Zaragoza, for the Copa del Rey, a 1-2 victory against Alavés, 3-0 victory over Leganés, and in their last match, a 0-2 win against Espanyol. Murillo, injured, is out for this tie.

Probable Lineup: Neto – Montoya, Paulsita, Garay and Gayá – Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia and Guedes – Moreno and Zaza.

laligaBarcelona, on their turn, are league leaders with 34 points, result of 11 victories and 1 draw, with 33 goals scored and 4 goals conceded. Barça have enjoying a fantastic campaign so far, they are yet to taste defeat this season, leading the competition with 4 points clear from 2nd placed Valencia, and are group leaders in Group D of the Champions League, where they are already qualified for the round of 16. From their 6 away games played in La Liga, the Catalans won 5 and drew the other one, against Atletico Madrid, having scored 13 goals and conceded only 2. Ernesto Valverde’s men are the most prolific attack in the league and the best organized defence, with less goals conceded.

This will be, probably, the thoughest test of Barcelona so far, perhaps even more difficult than the trip to Wand Metropolitano, and with the exhausting match in Itally against Juventus, on Wednesday, the Catalans might feel some fadigue here, wich paired up with their casualties does not favor much the Catalan side here. Despite this, Barça will have the same goal as always, the 3 points, and will try to impose their football style, trying to control the game in the oppostion’s half and change the ball arround until they can find, and create, openings in their deffensive sector. Messi stands out for his great form, being La Liga top scorer with 12 goals scored.

In their last 5 official matches, Barcelona has a record of 3 victories and 2 draws. This sequence of results started with a 0-2 against Athletic Bilbao. This sequence of results was followed by a 0-0 away draw against Olympiakos, for the Champions League, a 2-1 victory over Sevilla, a 0-3 victory against Leganés, and in their last match, an away 0-0 draw against Juventus, for the Champions League. Rafinha, Dembélé, Sergi Roberto and Mascherano are all out due injury, while Pique is also out through suspenseion.

Probable Lineup: Stegen – Semedo, Vermaelen, Umtiti and Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta and Alcácer – Suárez and Messi.

Valencia has only won 1 of their last 8 directo clashes, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 5.

Barcelona 4-2 Valencia
La Liga 16/17
Valencia 2-3 Barcelona
La Liga 16/17
Barcelona 1-2 Valencia
Liga BBVA 15/16
Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
Copa Rey 15/16
Barcelona 7-0 Valencia
Copa Rey 15/16
Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
Liga BBVA 15/16
Barcelona 2-0 Valencia
Liga BBVA 14/15
Valencia 0-1 Barcelona
Liga BBVA 14/15

This will undoubtedly be a very exciting match between the two best teams in Spain, until now, and it is expected to have several scoring chances at both ends of the pitch. Although Valencia have quality to avoid defeat here, also Barcelona has quality to remain unbeaten.

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