Barcelona has just won their first match of the season against an impressive Sevilla side but now they prepare for a tough away fixture against Valencia, who are coming off a late equalizer in a disappointing 2-2 draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Valencia was excellent last year and finished third, leading to this summer’s unforgettable signing of Jonas from Benfica. The Argentinian has been somewhat hit and miss since his move with many citing him as a possible weak link at the heart of Los Che midfield. However he is capable of providing that spark going forward that can break down any defense – it will be up to Sergio Busquets to stop him tonight.
With Neymar gone on duty and Xavi rested after last night’s match they will both be fresh and ready for this tough away fixture, which also sees big summer signing Ivan Rakitic make his debut.
One of the potential weaknesses in Valencia’s team is their left-back position with Andre Gomes looking to start. He has been very impressive so far but can he cope against Jordi Alba? It will be interesting to watch with both players being key attacking threats for their respective teams.
Valencia has a strong squad and boasts quality right through the pitch so it won’t be easy moving ahead in this group. Barcelona though just needs to get back on track and build momentum after last weekend’s disappointment at Camp Nou. They will do that here and continue their% record in Europe, making it 21 wins in their last 22 games.