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Barcelona FCB Aubameyang (23', 38', 63'), De Jong (32')
Primera Division Gameweek 25
Feb 20, 2022 KO: 15:15

Valencia - Barcelona

Estadio de Mestalla Valencia
Referee: Carlos del Cerro
  23' Aubameyang
  32' De Jong
  38' Aubameyang
Carlos Soler 52'  
  63' Aubameyang

Match preview

No Pique or Alves – How Barcelona will line up against Valencia

Barcelona face a crucial trip to Valencia in La Liga on Sunday but will be without two experienced defenders

Barcelona travel to Valencia on Sunday with the aim of cementing their place in the top four of La Liga.

Although they are now undefeated in four matches, Barca have been riding their luck lately.

Last weekend, they required a late header from Luuk de Jong to poach a 2-2 draw against Espanyol in the derby, then against Napoli in the Europa League a Ferran Torres penalty was required to secure a draw that was, at least, amply merited.

Barca fielded a strong squad in midweek, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang handed a first start alongside fellow January additions Adama Traore and Torres.

If Barca go deep in the competition, it will be a test for them to continue to field strong sides in Europe and continue to achieve their aims in La Liga.

For Sunday’s fixture, Barca will have to reshuffle their defence, with experienced defenders Dani Alves and Gerard Pique both banned. They are further stretched in this area because Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto are missing, while Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet are both significant doubts.

This means that Sergino Dest is liable to get a rare chance at right-back under Xavi, while Oscar Mingueza will move across into the centre of the defence to partner Oscar Mingueza.

The midfield is at full strength, so Pedri, Sergi Busquets and Frenkie de Jong are all set to start once more. Nico Gonzalez will drop out after being used from the outset in midweek.

In attack Ansu Fati is absent and there are big doubts over Memphis Depay once more. As a result, there is unlikely to be a big change from the front three on Thursday.

Possible Barcelona starting XI versus Valencia

Match statistics

Valencia
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
8
Draws
6
8
Losses
5
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
33
31
Goals Per Game
1.65
1.55
More > 2.5 Goals
13
10
More > 3 Goals
6
8
Scored First in a Match
11
11
Scored Both Halves
7
6
Won More > 1 Goal
3
2
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
29
27
Did Not Score
2
3
Both Teams Scored
15
13
Kept Clean Sheet
5
5
Won Without Conceding
3
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
14
Shots on Target
4.45
4.50
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.13
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.25
2.80
Penalties
0.20
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
11
9.95
Shots on Target Conceded
4.56
3.45
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
19
15
Yellow Cards
3.50
2.25
Red Cards
0.05
0.05

Injuries

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  7. Ankle/Foot Injury image description

Suspended

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