Barcelona will look to maintain their five point advantage at the top of the Premier League table when they welcome Valencia to Camp Nou on Saturday. The Blaugrana are coming into the match on the back of an emphatic 6-1 Copa del Rey win over Sevilla and will fancy themselves to bag three points off their lofty visitors, tonight.
Here are three things to look forward to as Barcelona host Valencia in La Liga.
3. Valencia’s Good Run
Valencia did not start the season in the best possible way, but over the last few weeks, things have been looking up for Marcelino’s men. Consecutive wins over Celta Vigo and Villarreal have given their league position a healthy boost, landing them just three points adrift of fifth-placed Alaves.
The league leaders pose a much bigger challenge, of course, but Valencia, at the moment, are more than capable of springing a surprise.
2. Barcelona’s Rotation
Barcelona as a club have always been obsessed with silverware, and this season, too, has been no exception. They are alive and kicking in all three competitions and are doing their level best to bag all trophies at the end of the campaign.
The Blaugrana will take on Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals, which, presumably, won’t give them much scope to rotate their squad and with the first leg set to be played on Wednesday, we could see a couple of changes, tonight.
The champions will look to kill the tie in the first half, which would allow them to preserve some of their stars for Wednesday’s Clasico.
1. A High Scoring Fixture?
At the start of the campaign, Valencia were struggling to find the back of the net, but the situation has improved commendably in the last few games. They have scored in 9 of their last 10 matches and will look to add to the tally tonight.
Barcelona, as expected, have been full of goals this season and have looked confident of unlocking any defence in the world. They are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Valencia and hope for yet another commanding win tonight.