Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Lionel MessiReuters

Leaders Barcelona will be keen to remain top of La Liga, when they host mid-table Valenica at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 3pm GMT (8.30pm IST) start with live coverage on Star Sports HD2 in India. The match can also be caught via live streaming online HERE in India. US viewers can live stream the game HERE. North Africa and Middle East viewers can catch all the action live online HERE, with the same for rest of Africa viewers HERE.


The Catalans are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, winning 11. Tata Martino's men continue to stay ahead of Atletico Madrid at the top of the league table, albeit on goal difference, after beating Malaga 3-0 last week.

And though the five-point lead over Real Madrid that the Blaugrana carried into the New Year has now been cut short to just one, after the draws at Atletico Madrid and Levante, they still continue remain top and are considered favourites for the league title.

Barca also secured a spot in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey during midweek, after hammering Levante 5-1 (9-2 on aggregate).

Valencia, on the other hand, are currently 10th on the table but are only four points clear of 17th placed Elche. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side are having a terrible run of form and are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions.

Team News

Barcelona: Neymar remains sidelined for Martino, while captain Carles Puyol Martin Montoya, Ibrahim Afellay, Isaac Cuenca, Jonatahan Dos Santos and Oier Olazabal are also missing from the Catalans' matchday squad.

Valencia: Sergio Canales is sidelined, while Joao Pereira is suspended. New signing Eduardo Vargas (on loan from Napoli) will make an appearance at some point.

Expected lineups: Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Alexis

Valencia: Alves; Barragan, Mathieu, Costa, Romeu; Parejo, Bernat; Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti; Alcacer

Prediction: 3-0 to Barca