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Leo Messi has scored 29 league goals so far this season

Leo Messi has scored 29 league goals so far while Valencia's Rodrigo has 15 | FCB

With seven games left to play of the League campaign, FC Barcelona need just 10 more points to secure a seventh La Liga title in the last 10 seasons. They face an in-form Valencia side who will be looking for the win to keep themselves in third place in the table.

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Team News

Ivan Rakitic fractured the metacarpal in his left hand during the Champions League match against Roma and is therefore unavailable along with Lucas DigneYerry Mina and Aleix Vidal have been left out. Th full squad is as followsTer Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, Sergio, Denis Suárez, A. iniesta, Suárez, Messi, O. Dembélé, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Umtiti, Vermaelen.

Aside from Francis Coquelin, Marcelino has a full-strength Valencia squad to pick from.

Coaches’ viewpoints

Valverde understands what a tough opponent Valencia will be: “I expect the same Valencia as always. They are on an extraordinary streak with a system that is giving them great success, and they are a team having a great season.” That said, the coach is in positive mood. “We have many things to win, and we have to think about imposing ourselves on the next game,” he noted.

For his part, Marcelino was equally as bullish about his own team’s chances: “It’s rare for FC Barcelona to lose two consecutive games, but we’re going there motivated and looking to win.”

Form Guide

Barça are yet to lose in La Liga this season, and their defeat against Roma was only their second in all competitions during 2017/18. Valencia have won eight and drawn one of their last nine games, with their last defeat coming against the Blaugrana in the Copa del Rey.

History

Of the last 10 games between the two teams at the Camp Nou, Barça have won eight and lost two, although those two defeats have come in the last four visits. On the 82 occasions that Los Che have played away from the Mestalla, they’ve managed a win on just 13 occasions. Lionel Messi has three hat-tricks against Los Che at home, the last coming in 2013.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast on numerous channels around the world but if for whatever reason you can’t get to see the game, you could trying listening instead to our live English commentary on Radio Barça (the link will appear on the home page shortly before kick-off), or checking our official Twitter account.

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