Watch Barcelona – Valencia Preview & Live Stream – Barcelona will wish to put themselves at a considerable edge during the first leg, given that they could only scrape a 1-1 draw Mestalla at La Liga earlier this effort.
The Blaugrana have won all but one of their last 16 games at Camp Nou, together with final weekend being great prep for this fixture. Alaves came and fought hard, trying to play on the counter attack, but Barca fought back from one down to win 2-1.
Valencia come into this match having lost their last three competitive games, but Marcelino’s side showed they may compete nicely with Barcelona earlier this year and will be pushed from the idea of getting the Mestalla to head back to at the second leg.
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Ousmane Dembele is the only first-team face which will unquestionably be missing for the first leg, together with Thomas Vermaelen nevertheless a doubt with a muscle problem.
Samuel Umtiti will last at centre-back, with Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto to start at full-back after making a great impact from Alaves at the weekend.
Andres Iniesta should begin in midfield for the hosts, but Philippe Coutinho can be obtained and fully fit to start in midfield again should the veteran need to break his legs.
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Marcelino has Gabriel Paulista and Ruben Vezo back available after suspension, but the former still has a knee niggle he picked up against Alaves recently.
Toni Lato and Jose Gaya could double up down the left-hand , together with Goncalo Guedes enduring an injury scare last weekend.
Rodrigo and Santi Mina should direct the lineup, with the two offering both freedom and superb goalscoring type of late.