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Re-live the Liga fixture at the Camp Nou

Mark Critchley,Liam Lines
Sunday 19 March 2017 16:40
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Barcelona welcome a struggling Valencia side to the Camp Nou on Sunday as the Catalan club play catch-up in La Liga title race.

What time does it start?

The match kicks of at 7.45pm at the Camp Nou.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown on Sky Sports 2, with coverage starting from 7.30pm.

It’s a big game for…

Neymar: Since the Brazilian helped Barcelona to their heroic 6-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain, he has had time to recover and missed the defeat to Deportivo la Coruna last weekend.

Neymar has scored four in his last three starts should be a dominant figure against an indifferent Valencia side.

Weird/best stat…

2: Barcelona have lost just twice in 22 meetings against Valencia, the most recent in April 2016.

Remember when…

The last time Valencia beat Barcelona in the league was early in 2016.

Player to watch…

Diego Alves: Valencia have kept three clean sheets in their last five games, and to stand a chance against a full-powered Barcelona, the Brazilian will need to be on top form. Without him Valencia look a very different proposition in defence.

Past three meetings…

Valencia 2 (El Haddadi, Moreno) Barcelona 3 (Messi 2, Suarez)
La Liga, October 2016

Barcelona 1 (Messi) Valencia 2 (Rakitic og, Mina)
La Liga, April, 2016

Valencia 1 (Negredo) Barcelona 1 (Kaptoum)
Copa del Rey, February 2016

Form guide…

Barcelona: WWWWWL

Valencia: WWLWLD

Odds…

Barcelona to win: 1/9

Valencia to win: 19/1

Draw: 17/2

(Odds provided by 888 Sports)

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Barcelona vs Valencia.

Luis Enrique's side will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's shock defeat to Deportivo la Coruna and make up a five-point deficit on league leaders Real Madrid.

Their opponents are Spain's problem club, Valencia - traditionally one of La Liga's giants, but struggling in the top flight's lower reaches due to their well-documented off-field problems.

Stay with us for team news, build-up and minute-by-minute updates...

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Will Barcelona bounce back from last weekend's defeat and beat Valencia?

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Team news

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Pique, Umtiti; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi; Rafinha, Suarez, Neymar.

Valencia: Alves, Montoya, Garay, Mangala, Gayá, Parejo, Enzo Pérez, Soler, Cancelo, Orellana, Munir.

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What time does it start?

The match will kick off at 7.45pm GMT.

Mark Critchley19 March 2017 19:30
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You may recall the rather ill-tempered meeting between these two sides at the Mestalla earlier this season.

It was most memorable for Lionel Messi's stoppage-time penalty winner and the controversy that followed, with a bottle being thrown at Barcelona's players from the crowd.

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Kick-off: We're under way at the Camp Nou!

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2 min: Barely two minutes on the clock and Valencia's defence is already in distress.

A lovely through ball by Ivan Rakitic puts Luis Suarez in behind on the left-flank. 

He cuts a pass across the face of goal in search of Neymar, but Jose Luis Gaya is on hand to clear for a corner.

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4 min: Valencia are suddenly in behind at the other end.

Joao Cancelo is played through the inside-right channel and has time to square to Fabian Orellana, but instead succumbs under pressure from Rakitic and fails to pull the pass off.

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6 min: Ball over the top falls to Suarez, flag stays down.

The Uruguayan controls, evades Eliaquim Mangala's challenge, drags the ball from out under his feet and clips it towards goal.

Diego Alves stretches out a left hand and palms it away for a corner.

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10 min: Munir, playing against his parent club, attempts to dart in behind the Blaugrana backline but the flag's up.

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