Spanish La Liga match preview 11 July 200 Real Valladolid vs Barcelona. Barca will be looking to keep their title hopes alive when they take on Valladolid.
La Liga match preview 11 July 200 Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
Despite failing to impress in the Catalan derby, Barca eventually picked up all three points from the match thanks to Luis Suarez’s goal.
Anssumane Fati misses the Real Valladolid game through suspension, meaning that Antoine Griezmann is likely to keep his place in the starting XI.
Head to head
Lionel Messi notched a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 demolition of Valladolid at Camp Nou in October.
Barca won both of last season’s fixtures by a 1-0 scoreline.
Oscar Plano returns for the home side after suspension and will play in close support of Sergi Guardiola in attack.
Mohammed Salisu is a doubt with an adductor problem. Javi Sanchez and Joaquin Fernandez will feature at centre-back for the home side.
Pablo Hervias and Toni Villa should feature in the wide areas, while Fede San Emeterio will start in the middle of midfield, especially given Michel’s injury.
Ansu Fati is suspended for the away side after getting a straight red card against Espanyol last time out in LaLiga.
Riqui Puig could get a start for Barcelona after not being involved at all last time out. That could see Sergi Roberto drop back into right-back to rotate Nelson Semedo out of the side.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann are expected to continue in attack after some good recent form as a trio.
Possible starting lineup
Valladolid: Masip; Antonito, Olivas, Salisu, Martinez; Fede, Perez; Plano, Hervias, Guardiola; Ramirez
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Vidal; Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
Valladolid 1-0 Barca