Here’s the latest on the form and team news from the Camp Nou and the Mestalla Stadium:
Valencia have hit rock bottom regarding their form and have been losing crucial matches and dropping points since the beginning of the year. The last time they won in the league was in December. Over their last 5 league games, they have lost 3 and drawn 2, scoring 4 goals and conceding 7.
They lie in 12th position on the league table after 24 matches and have won 7, drawn 9, and lost 8, scoring 36 goals and conceding 38. They are still 8 points off the final European spot, but it will take a miracle for them to get there, seeing they have hardly hit top gear since the beginning of this year. Goncalo Guedes remains their top scorer with 9 goals and 5 assists in 24 appearances.
For their team news, Valencia will be without goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Gaya Jose, who are sidelined with injuries.
Xavi Hernandez’s men look to have pulled themselves up out of an early-season slump. Their recent renaissance has seen them rise to 4th ahead of Atletico Madrid, having played one game less. They have won 3 and drawn 2 of their last 5 league games, putting themselves in the race for Europe once more.
The Catalan giants have won 10 league games this season, drawing 9 and losing another 4, scoring 38 goals and conceding 27 in what has been a mixed campaign. Dutch international Memphis Depay is their top scorer with 8 goals and 2 assists this term.
For their team news, Barcelona have several players on the sidelines. Ronald Araujo, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Dani Alves, Clement Lenglet, Memphis Depay, and Ansu Fati have varying injuries.