One of, if not the, most tantalizing fixture of the La Liga weekend has got to be the top three clash between Barcelona, who are once again heavy odds on favourites with Paddy Power and Valencia, in a fixture that could ultimately decide who claims second spot.
Barca have been characteristically impressive this season but a spurt of dropped points here and there means they look likely to miss out on retaining their league title which looks destines to fall into the hands of rivals Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola’s side will nonetheless go into this weekend’s fixture as favourites but should Los Che earn a shock away win, they’ll reduce the gap between second and third to just five points as we enter the latter end of the season.
When the two teams meet at the Estadio Mestalla in the reverse fixture earlier this campaign, they ended up sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw but will both be looking for the killer blow on Sunday if either are to wrap up a place directly behind Real Madrid.
Valencia may have managed to come away from their Europa League encounter at the Brittania Stadium victorious, but their recent form hasn’t been all that impressive.
Unai Emery’s side have only got two wins in their last eight league outings, dropping point at the likes of Racing Santander, Osasuna and Villareal.
On the other hand, Barca have taken 17 points away from their last possible 24 and could easily be considered the ‘in-form’ side of this matchup.
Scoring at the Camp Nou has been a major obstacle for visitors this term and Roberto Soldado – who has shouldered the majority of the attacking duties – will need to be in his best attacking mindset if he is to penetrate the Catalan’s defence on Sunday.