FC Barcelona vs Valencia : Match preview
Barcelona are trying hard to defend their many titles, one of them being the Copa del Rey. With Real Madrid and Atletico already eliminated of the contest, Luis Enrique’s squad has to overcome the struggling Valencia in the semis to reach their 38th final in the history.
Team spirit and recent display of form are certainly very different between the two sides of FC Barcelona vs Valencia, with Barcelona crushing their path through La Liga defeating Atletico just last Saturday and Valencia performing rather poor – the latest defeat against Sporting at Mestalla said it all in a nutshell, with their new manager Gary Neville still being without La Liga win.
However, it’s the Copa del Rey where Los Che claimed a little bit of success this season – and the last time Valencia have ventured to the semi-finals of this contest was in 2011/12 season, where they were defeated by – Barcelona.
Luis Enrique will probably introduce the strongest squad possible in the FC Barcelona vs Valencia clash, with perhaps only one or two rotations braced (Arda Turan will be stepping up instead of Iniesta this time probably). As for the team of Valencia, they’re missing their key guy Paco Alcacer, but the new signings Denis Cheryshev (already infamous in this Copa season for the problem with Real Madrid) and Guilherme Siqueira could be featured at some point of the FC Barcelona vs Valencia match.
Rafinha is Luis Enrique’s only injury concern, with Jordi Alba ready to come back into contention for the start. Paco Alcacer is a big miss for the away squad due to knee and ankle issues, with Alvaro Negredo established to lead the line. Deadline-day signings Denis Cheryshev and Guilherme Siqueira are added to the squad, but shouldn’t feature from the off. In spite of supposedly sealing a loan move to Racing Club, Rodrigo De Paul is still named as a Valencia player too.