FC Barcelona are set to visit Mestella to take on Valencia in the Spanish La Liga game on Sunday night in what should be a cracking game of football. Only 4 points seperate the two and a win or draw for Valencia is very important for the other two title rivals in Atletico and Real Madrid. A win for Barcelona will stretch their lead at top of the table to 7 points and maintain 10 points lead over Madrid clubs regardless of their results. So if you missed the live action you can always tune in here to get the full match highlights.
Valencia vs Barcelona Preview: On paper this is a massive game in Spain but in terms of competitive nature there is only one result coming to mind and that is a comfortable Barcelona win. Valencia has lost 3 of their opening 4 home games and the Barcelona side who dis-mental Man City in midweek will be full of confidence. Messi’s hattrick and Neymar among the scorers against City will only put fear in already shaky Valencia defense.
FC Barcelona 4-2 Valencia – 19 March 2017
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Eliaquim Mangala gave Valencia a surprise lead at around half hour mark in first half.
35′ 1 – 1 Luis Suarez equalized for Barcelona minutes later after some nice build up play.
45′ 2 – 1 Lionel Messi put Barcelona in lead just before the halftime.
45′ 2 – 2 Munir El Haddadi immediately equalized for Valencia
53′ 3 – 2 Lionel Messi again Put Barcelona in lead 8 minutes into second half.
Barcelona has won Copa Del Rey for record 27 times and this season they have been absolutely sensations in all competitions, specially at home. Luis Enrique side has not conceded more than 1 goal in a home game which makes Valencia’s task a bit more difficult. Both teams meet earlier in the season back in december when Santi Mina’s late goal canceled out Suarez strike to earn surprising 1-1 draw for Valencia and Gary Neville will be hoping atleast a similar result so that they can have something to play for in second leg.
Predictions: Its hard to predict anything other than a Barcelona win no matter where and which team they are playing against. Valencia will have to get their act together or fear the prospect of tie finishing in first leg if they let Barcelona get away with early lead. I am going with a 3-1 win for Barcelona in this one which will pretty much settle the tie.