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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 50,000) 21st September 2011 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Valencia Valencia vs Barcelona Barcelona

Valencia 2

E Abidal (og 12)
P Hernandez (23)
J Alba (S/O 90+2)

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Barcelona 2

Pedro (14)
C Fabregas (77)

Valencia v Barcelona preview

Barcelona will look to follow up their emphatic 8-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend as they travel to Primera Division leaders Valencia on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 21/09/11 9:14pm

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Messi: Best ever start

Messi: Best ever start

The hosts made it three wins in as many games at the weekend as they snatched a 1-0 victory at Sporting Gijon, thanks to Roberto Soldado's strike.

The forward has scored five of his team's six goals this season and will certainly pose a threat to the Barca back line in the Mestalla.

Gerard Pique may be in line for a return to the Barcelona side following a calf injury, although Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez remain sidelined.

Barcelona have the upper hand in clashes between the two in recent years, having lost just one of the previous 10, while Pep Guardiola has won one and drawn two of his trips to Valencia since his appointment as Barca manager.

Lionel Messi continues impress year on year, five goals in three games this season has already become his best ever start to a league season, and with Cesc Fabregas slotting straight into the side following his arrival from Arsenal the European Champions look to have even more attacking options at their disposal.

This is Barcelona's second highest-scoring start to a league campaign, while the majority of their goals have come in the first half, so, while Valencia boss Unai Emery relies on Soldado to bag the goals he will also know the size of the task at hand for his defence.

Valencia will look to make it three clean sheets in a row on Wednesday and will look to this fine defensive form to build a platform for victory against Barcelona, although any game with Barca is bound to see goals and this one could see plenty from the off.

Best Bet: Over 1.5 half-time goals - 6/5

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22