Valencia vs Barca, LIVE: Can Messi and co widen point gap?

  • The top two in La Liga meet as Barcelona travel to the Mestall to take on Valencia
  • Barca arrive with Lionel Messi fresh from extending his contract until 2021
  • Free-scoring Valencia trail the visitors by four points and are yet to lose in La Liga
  • Valencia XI: Neto, Montoya, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes, Zaza, Rodrigo.
  • Subs: Jaume, Vezom Pereira, Mina, Grueso, Vidal, Gil de Pareja.
  • Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta, Messi, Luis Suarez.
  • Subs: Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Deulofeu, Paco Alcacer, Digne, Aleix Vidal, David Costas.
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The top two in La Liga meet and Real Madrid are not involved, Barcelona can stretch their lead at the summit to seven points if they beat Valencia at the Mestalla.

It comes a day after Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona until 2021. He leads the scoring charts in La Liga with 12 goals and on Friday picked up the 2017 European Sports Media Golden Shoe for being the top scorer in a domestic league last season with 37 goals.

The No 10 will have to be in top form if Barcelona are to dent their rivals’ title ambitions. Valencia have been this season’s biggest surprise so far, they are yet to lose and only scored one goal fewer than their more fancied visitors. It should make for a fascinating contest.

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