Match Today: Barcelona vs Valencia 29-10-2022 La Liga
Barcelona are looking to put their midweek Champions League disappointment behind them when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Valencia on Saturday night.
The Catalan team is currently in second place in the table, three points behind leaders Real Madrid, while Valencia is ninth after winning 15 points from its first 11 games this season.
Valencia went five unbeaten matches before facing Mallorca at home last weekend, but lost 2-1 to Javier Aguirre's side, which was certainly a setback before visiting Barcelona.
Los Che has struggled again with consistency this season, winning four, drawing three, and losing four out of 11 games to collect 15 points, putting him in ninth place in the table.
They are only three points behind Athletic Bilbao, in sixth, but only four points behind Celta Vigo, in 13th.
While Andreas Christensen is again absent with an ankle problem. Head coach Xavi will undoubtedly make changes to the team that took to the pitch to blew the whistle against Bayern on Wednesday, and Eric Garcia, Jaffe and Ansu Fati are likely to participate.
Barcelona vs Valencia
While Valencia finished fourth in back-to-back campaigns in 2017, 2018 and 2018-19, but they have finished ninth, thirteenth and ninth in the last three seasons, Gennaro Gattuso is currently the manager charged with helping the Spanish giants secure a comeback. European football.
Los Che have won only one of their last five league matches, which came in Osasuna on October 7, with Elche and Seville drawing before losing to Mallorca last time out.
Valencia have in fact lost all of their last three La Liga games with Barcelona, including a 4-1 loss in the opposite game last season, and their latest victory over the Catalans proved a 2-0 win in January 2020.
Meanwhile, Barcelona's hopes of reaching the round of 16 of the Champions League ended, Wednesday, with Inter Milan's 4-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen after confirming that they occupied third place in the division, which will see their involvement in the European League, there was only pride to play against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou, but the Bundesliga champions proved to be very strong, losing 3-0 winners achieve a double over La Liga Group C.
Valencia vs Barcelona
Barcelona's European campaign was a big disappointment, but they made a strong start to their La Liga season, winning nine, drawing one and losing one of their 11 matches to collect 28 points, making them second in the table with three points behind leaders Real Madrid.
A win here would, at least temporarily, move Xavi's level in points with the defending champions, as they are the top scorers in La Liga this season with 28 goals, while only four goals is the best defensive record in the division.
Blaugrana have beaten Villarreal 3-0 and Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in their last two league games, and they will be determined to stay within striking distance of Real Madrid before the World Cup break.
Valencia will again miss Samo Castillejo and Jaume Domenech on Saturday due to injury, while Mokhtar Diakhaby will be out until mid-November with a hamstring problem.
Alex Moreba was also left out with a left adductor injury, although the midfielder was an unused substitute against Mallorca last time out.
Diakhaby's absence will likely start Hugo Guillamon in the center of defence, while Samuel Leno and Justin Kluivert will once again join Edinson Cavani in the final third of the field.
Nico Gonzalez won't be available, although he can't take on the parent club.
As for Barcelona, Memphis Depay, Ronald Araujo and Sergi Roberto are still unavailable for selection due to injury.