Barcelona will be back into action in the first leg of Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia on Thursday at Camp Nou. Barcelona has been enjoying a great run but Valencia also has had a superb season and will a tough test for them.
Barcelona vs Valencia
Competition/Round: Copa del Rey semi-final, 1st leg
Date/Time: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 20:30 GMT (UK), 02:00 IST (India, next day)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Barcelona injuries: Ousmane Dembélé, Thomas Vermaelen, André Gomes
Valencia injuries: Jeison Murillo, Gabriel Paulista, Gonçalo Guedes
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS and Kwesé Sports 1
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After the craziness of January, Barcelona still has a really tough schedule ahead, with two Copa del Rey semi-final matches and Champions League. The first match of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou against Valencia on Tuesday promises to be a Really fun night.
Valencia is still the second best team in Spain despite losing to Real Madrid 4-1 at home and gave the La Liga leaders a really tough time earlier this season. Valencia midfield is physical enough to trouble Barca possession game and their counter-attacking will be something Catalans’ have to be wary of.
Philippe Coutinho has still not fully settled down in the lineup and hopefully will have better chemistry this time with Lionel Messi. It will also be a test for Barca defense as Valencia has the attacking firepower to get a crucial away goal.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Montoya, Vezo, Garay, Lato; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gayà; Mina, Rodrigo