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Barcelona will head to Valencia this weekend looking to keep the momentum of an unbeaten start to the season going. Gerado Martino’s side have beaten Levante and Malaga in their opening two games, racking up 8 goals in the for column with none conceded.
With the Spanish Super Cup secured away in the trophy cabinet following an away goal win over Atletico Madrid, the Catalan’s will head into the fixture as heavy favourites especially given their recent history against Sunday’s hosts.
Valencia have not beaten Barcelona since the 2006/2007 season and they will have their work cut out to emulate the 2-1 win they achieved in February 2007. Since then Los Che have been on the end of some heaving defeats losing 6-0, 4-0, 3-0 and 5-1 in recent campaigns.
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Their form is improving however with Miroslav Dukic’s side narrowly losing 1-0 in the Nou Camp before drawing 1-1 at the Mestalla last season Last season.
The club began the season with a narrow 1-0 win over Malaga before letting slip a one goal lead to lose 3-1 away to Espanyol last weekend. Helder Postiga claimed his first goal in the white of Valencia in that defeat and the man signed from Real Zaragoza to replace Roberto Soldado will, along with Ever Banega, be the main threat to Barcelona’s back line.
Former Barecelona trainee Oriol Romeu is in line to face his old club after arriving at the Mestalla on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The midfielder has yet to make his first start for his new club but is in line feature on Sunday and he is well aware of the task that faces Valencia.
“Barcelona are a strong opponent, if not the strongest, and we have to be prepared and in the right frame of mind to play well. You either have to play perfectly or you’ve got no chance. Hopefully we’ll have a perfect game” Romeu said.
Barcelona meanwhile will be hoping that their high profile pair of Neymar and Lionel Messi can start to show signs that a partnership and understanding is developing. The duo lined up together for the first in the midweek Super Cup draw with Atletico Madrid but failed to shine.
Despite their slow start, Martino is not concerned admitting it will take time for the new look striker force to gel saying “They (Neymar and Messi) played quite well but it is true they didn’t come together a lot. However I have no doubts they are two players who will work well together in the future.”