FC Valencia – FC Barcelona: the official line-ups


By: Manu Tournoux

For the 17th day of La Liga, FC Barcelona travels to Mestalla to face FC Valencia (follow the match live on FM). The Barcelonans are coming out of a sudden slap in the face during the Catalan derby against Girona 4-2 and a 3-2 defeat against Royal Antwerp in the Champions League, anecdotal of course. Slightly left behind in the championship by Girona, Xavi’s men must react to stay clinging to the lead, they even have the opportunity to take 3 points ahead of Atlético de Madrid who lost this Saturday afternoon against Athletic Club. For their part, the Valencians can give themselves some fresh air in their race to maintain their position. With 6 points ahead of the relegation zone, Ruben Baraja’s players can temporarily join the first part of the table if they succeed.

On the field side, the locals will play in 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot composed of Guillamon and Pepelu in front of the defense, Yaremchuk on the right winger and Pérez on the left. Lopez in 10 behind Duro. The Barcelonans do not leave their 4-3-3 with Pedri, De Jong and Gundogan in the middle. Raphinha and Félix on the wings of the attack then Lewandowski at the forefront.

Team compositions:

FC Valencia: Mamardashvili – Correia, Mosquera, Diakhaby, Vazquez – Pepelu, Guillamon – Yaremchuk, Lopez, Pérez – Duro

FC Barcelona : Pena – Cancelo, Araujo, Koundé, Baldé – Pedri, Gundogan, De Jong – Raphinha, Lewandowski, Félix.

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