Valencia vs. Barcelona: Preview and TV schedule

Denis Doyle

Barcelona will face a stiff challenge as they travel to face Valencia on Sunday missing two regular starters who Gerardo Martino has chosen to rest after a recent busy schedule.

Barcelona travels to Valencia fresh off lifting the Spanish Super Cup in a physical mid-week match against Atletico Madrid.

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Barcelona could very well be a bit tired after their match against Atletico on Wednesday and based on the traveling squad, head coach Gerando Martino is aware of that. Tata intends to rest regular starters Xavi Hernandez and Alexis Sanchez and neither player will travel for the game.

Valencia have started slow this season barely beating Malaga in their opener and getting thoroughly beaten by Espanyol last weekend. A match against Barcelona is rarely a way to get things turned around but Los Che did hold the Blaugrana to a draw at the Mestalla last season.

Valencia haven't beaten Barca since the 2006-07 season.

Valencia injuries and suspensions

Out: None.

Barcelona injuries and suspensions

Out: Isaac Cuenca (knee). In doubt: Dani Alves (knock).

Dani Alves is a slight doubt for Sunday's match after picking up knock against Atletico.

Projected lineups

Valencia: Diego Alves; João Pereira, Adil Rami, Ricardo Costa, Jérémy Mathieu, Sofiane Feghouli, Ever Banega, Javi Fuego, Michel, Jonas, Hélder Postiga.

Barcelona: Victor Valdés, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Andres Iniesta, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez.

Match Date/Time: 3 p.m. local, 9 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain

TV: beIN Sport USA (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Canal+ 1 (Spain)

Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S.)

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