Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

How to Watch Barcelona vs. Valencia

How to Watch Barcelona vs. Valencia

Ernesto Valverde is without two first-team players as Barcelona prepare to welcome Valencia to Camp Nou on Saturday.

With seven games remaining, Barcelona leads the league with 79 points and a +63 goal differential. Barca's spot as champs is nearly set in stone, and Valencia will surely finish in the top four, but both want to confirm their places as soon as possible.

Coutinho, of course, was spared the midweek embarrassment of losing a three-goal lead because he's cup-tied to Liverpool, which is still in the competition.

Chelsea have made an official complaint to Uefa after investigating reports of "brutality" and beatings against their supporters by baton-wielding Spanish stewards and police during the defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League last month.

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FC Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Serie A giants AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.

Jordi Alba had an effort blocked by goalkeeper Neto from a tight angle when Suarez was free in the box waiting for the cut-back.

"It's normal that these players keep on breaking records".

Lionel Messi had a quiet game, but almost grabbed a third as his volley from 20 yards flew just wide of Neto's goal, but Valencia were allowed back into the game late on as substitute Ousmane Dembele fouled Gaya in the box.

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Chances came and went for both sides as the game opened up. The Brazilian, cup tied for that tricky night at the Stadio Olimpico, returned to the side against Valencia and produced, perhaps, his best performance since he landed in Spain in January.

A rainy day and a subdued crowd of just 69,544 spectators - well short of the 99,354 capacity - was reflected in a turgid opening spell for Barca, until Suarez struck to break the deadlock and restore some cheer to the stands 15 minutes in.

Another case is Ousmane Dembele. "Today we played against the third-placed team, and we won". There's still a few banana peels in the way of Barcelona going unbeaten the whole season, but with Valverde's men grinding out wins even when they play poorly, its seems likely that they'll do enough to finish the season as invincibles.

He's not their only threat, though.

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Valencia - Neto 6, Vezo 5, Garay 6, Gabriel 6, Gaya 7, Soler 6, Parejo 6, Kondogbia 5, Guedes 8, Rodrigo 7, Mina 6. The latter had one shot impossibly tipped onto the bar by Ter Stegen and another cleared off the line by Pique.

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