La Liga

Valencia vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Craig Vickers
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Barcelona face a tough trip to the Mestalla to face Valencia as they look to pull clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga's Champions League spots.

Barça's hopes of finishing in the top four were boosted in midweek as Atletico's struggles continued with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Levante.

Xavi's team lie just a point clear of the Rojiblancos, although he will be keen to install some semblance of consistency into his side with a tough assignment in Valencia awaiting.

Here's everything you need to know about the game...

How to watch Valencia vs Barcelona on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Sunday 20 February, 15:15 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Estadio Mestalla
TV channel/live stream? La LigaTV/Premier Sports 2 (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube channel
Referee? Carlos Del Cerro Grande
VAR? Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez

Valencia team news

Jose Gaya remains sidelined with a hamstring injury for Pepe Bordalas' side after he missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Alaves.

Gabriel Paulista is also nursing a hamstring problem for the home side, while former Barcelona stopper Jasper Cillessen will be unavailable through injury.

Barcelona team news

Barcelona boss Xavi will be without Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto, while Ronald Araujo is a fitness doubt after picking up an injury in the 2-2 city derby against Espanyol last weekend.

Similarly, Memphis Depay and Clement Lenglet are unlikely to feature, while Dani Alves is set to serve the second of his two-match suspension following his red card against Atletico Madrid.

Valencia vs Barcelona head-to-head record

This fixture has not been short of drama in recent years with 22 goals shared between the two teams across their last five meetings.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last three encounters against Valencia - winning each of the last two - although they have tended to struggle at the Mestalla.

Valencia were comfortable winners against Quique Setien's Barcelona on home soil back in January 2020, while they also held the Catalan side to a 1-1 draw in 2018/19.

Valencia vs Barcelona score prediction

It has been one step forward, two steps back for Barcelona under Xavi since his appointment at the end of last year.

They were quickly brought crashing back down to earth after their 4-2 success over Atletico Madrid with a 2-2 draw in the Catalan Derby, while they have since been held at home by Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League play-off in midweek.

But Valencia are marooned in mid-table in La Liga and their inconsistent league form this campaign could be their undoing this weekend against a talented Barcelona side.

Prediction: Valencia 1-2 Barcelona