Valencia v Barcelona: LaLiga Match-day 12

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Next Saturday at 9:00pm GMT, on matchday 12 of the LaLiga, we will see Valencia play Barca at the Mestalla.

Barca go to the Mestalla with Champion’s League dreams for next season very much alive. They currently sit in second as they take on ninth placed Valencia.

Valencia have 15 points to their name, going into this tie

Gennaro Gattuso will know at the end of this next match, whether Valencia’s season is back on track, having lost their last fixture and drawn against Seville before that.

Also, Valencia are quickly becoming the LaLiga’s draw specialists, having recorded three in their last five games. With a ninth position in the league and 4 wins, 4 losses and 3 draws, they currently have 15 points in the League having won four fixtures, drawn three meetings, and lost four matches.

When Valencia host Barca, they will do so on the back of three victories, one dart, and two losse on their own ground.

Winning this fixture will see Valencia on 18 points.

Good Attacking Performance

Valencia will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (18). Their stand out attacking players have been Edinson Cavani (4), Samu Castillejo (2), and Mouctar Diakhaby (2). Valencia have conceded 13 goals.

Gennaro Gattuso will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of four of his Valencia players.

With the LaLiga season well into its stride, Barcelona have managed to gain 28 points

Another victory would be a terrific achievement, but that is what Xavi will be asking from his team, as they go into this game on the back of strong results after beating Athletic Bilbao 4-0 and Villarreal 3-0

Also, Barca keep finding ways to win, having secured nine victories in their last 10 meetings is astonishing this season, a form has placed them in clear contention for Champion’s League qualification. Their position is second in the League and they have 28 points, that is, 9W, 1L and 1D having won nine matches, drawn one game, and lost one game.

Playing away from home, Barca have won four games and lost one game.

Barcelona will have 31 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Barca’s squad has depth, but even so, Xavi is likely to be missing four of they key players when they start Saturday’s game.

Valencia v Barcelona – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Barca with a greater number of wins. In the last 67 meetings, they have enjoyed 35 wins, to Valencia’s 14 victories. Additionally, Barca have left Valencia with a win on ten out of 16 meetings. Their most recent encounter in this competition Barcelona secured a 1-4 away win.

Performance Report

For Valencia, Edinson Cavani is one of the top performing players after having scoredfour goals in 11 League games this season, while Robert Lewandowski, one of their best scorers, has netted12 goals in 11 League matches this LaLiga Season for Barca.

Other players of note for Valencia are Edinson Cavani and Samu Castillejo with four goals each and for Barca are Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati with three goals and three goals respectively.