14th September 2019
Barcelona will be looking to record only their second of the season as they welcome Valencia this Saturday in a return of La Liga action.
The main headline however ahead of this fixture is the sacking of Valencia coach Marcelino only three games into the new season. Despite winning the side’s first title in a decade, the Copa Del Rey last season, Marcelino was shown the door with many surprised by the sacking and its timing.
Albert Celades has been appointed as successor as they head to the Nou Camp on the back of 1 win with an equal number of draws and defeats.
Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno will start in the final third with summer arrival expected to cool his heels on the bench once again.
The Spanish champions have had their worst start to the campaign since 2008 picking up 4 points from three games to leave them eighth.
Their talisman Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are still training away from the rest of the squad and are unlikely to be ready to face Valencia. Barca will not allow Messi to rush his recovery from a calf injury and will wait for him to be 100% ready.
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann who is yet to fully ignite despite scoring a brace last time out will lead the attack.
Head to Head
Barcelona has come on top twice in the past 5 league fixtures with the remaining 3 being high scoring draws.