TLaLiga Santander Matchday 34 Sunday night’s game is huge, as we did Valencia vs Barcelona at Mestalla. In this live blog, we’ll cover all of the preparation for this hit match and the game itself. Valence maybe not the strength they were in previous years, but Los Che has already drawn with Barcelona earlier in the season and they also beat real Madrid 4-1 to Mestalla earlier in the campaign. So it should be special and you can follow along with us right here.
VALENCIA VS BARCELONA, LIVE SCORE 0-0
This is the start of our Valence vs Barcelona live blog, with the most recent entries closest to the top. We’ll have a preview of the content, information on the rosters as they come out, and then we’ll have minute-by-minute updates to the game itself.
Minute 17: Valencia finally reaches Ter Stegen’s box
By winning a free kick right inside Barcelonahalf, Valence are able to finally throw a ball into Ter Stegenthe penalty area of. Although a little awkward, Barcelona manage to clear their lines and return to the attack.
Minute 12: A big save against Araujo
Messi throws a free kick into the area and Araujo is able to put one foot on it, turning it towards the goal. But, Cillessen made a huge backup, although he probably didn’t know too much about it. It remains aimless, but Barcelona are in full control here.
Minute 10: Barcelona dominate
That’s 76% possession for Barcelona through the 10 minutes opening. Valence are playing a return to five, which hasn’t worked out very well for them when they’ve experienced it this season, and Barcelona fully pinned them down.
Minute 3: Oh, wow, ooft … large!
Some classics Barcelona football creates the first chance of the match as the Catalan side slaps him on the edge of the Valence surface to repair. De Jong manages to fire him for Pedri, but young people draw his effort very broad.
Minute 1: Kick-off … with Pique!
Despite the confusion during warm-ups, Gerard pique keep his place in the lineup at the start of this match. We are going to Mestalla and we’ll have minute-by-minute updates right here in this live blog.
8:55 p.m. CEST: A beautiful night in Valence
The stage is set. Even if it is a little windy, it is a beautiful spring evening in Mestalla, which is still so beautiful. It is the oldest stadium in the Spanish Premier League and a historic stadium. The steep stands of the ground can be seen here in this drone image capture by cameras from LaLigaTV.
8:50 PM CEST: Pique out?
Gerard pique left during warm-ups, while Oscar Mingueza came out to warm up in the minutes leading up to kick-off. Could Prick be forced to come out of it with an injury? We’ll have all the updates as soon as we get to the bottom of it.
8:45 p.m. CEST: Warm-up time
The players are on the Mestalla pitch and prepare for the game. It is a land where Barcelona had epic nights and also some to forget. They hope that’s something to remember for all the right reasons.
8:35 p.m. CEST: Sanchez Martinez is the referee Valencia vs Barcelona
The referee of this match is José Maria Sanchez Martinez, who had two Valence matches already this season as he oversaw their first 4-2 derby victory Levante and their 2-0 loss to Valdebebas. He was in charge of Barcelona2-1 victory of Real company in LaLiga Santander, as well as their Copa del Rey overtime wins against Grenade and Seville.
8:20 p.m. CEST: Barcelona players who need to be careful
It’s obviously a huge game for Barcelona, but the same goes for next week against Atletico Madrid. This is why players who are at a reservation far from the suspension should be careful, namely Lionel messi, Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Oscar Mingueza. The first three start and are all, logically, important players. Losing one of them would be huge.
8:00 p.m. CEST: Valencia Mother’s Day programming
It’s Mother’s Day in Spain today and Valence took the opportunity by announcing their line-up with the names of the players’ mothers. It’s a good move, but the list with the names as most fans know them is: Jasper Cillessen; Thierry Correia, Gabriel Paulista, Hugo Guillamon, Antonio Lato, Jose Gaya; Daniel Wass, Uros Racic, Carlos Soler; Maxi Gomez, Goncalo Guedes.
7.45 p.m. CEST: The Barcelona XI is out!
Ronald koemanof Barcelona line-up has been released and it is almost identical to the expected one we posted earlier in this live blog, the only difference being Ronald araujo starting instead of Oscar Mingueza. The entire Barcelona XI is as follows: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann.
19:25 CEST: Prediction time!
We’re getting closer and closer to kick-off Valence vs Barcelona. So let’s make your predictions. Let us know what you think the outcome will be in tonight’s game. Do Valence produce a shock victory? Do Barcelona back to winning methods? Will it be a draw as it was earlier in the season?
7:10 p.m. CEST: Travel from Barcelona to Valencia
With this being the late game this Sunday, Barcelona were able to make the trip to Valence the day of the match. They left Catalonia this morning to make the short trip, before spending the afternoon relaxing at a local hotel. Very soon they will arrive at the stadium.
6:50 p.m. CEST: What is the situation in the La Liga title race?
Atletico Madrid and real Madrid have already played this weekend and they both won, putting extra pressure on Barcelonashoulders. They hang out Atletico five points and real Madrid by three at that point, with their Matchday 34 match against Valence yet to come. More details on the current situation at the top of the LaLiga Santander table can be found here.
6.30 p.m. CEST: scheduled line-up of Barcelona against Valencia
Turning our attention to Barcelonaprobable eleven of this match against Valence, Ronald koeman should be able to release his “Gala XI”, his best team. The Blaugrana line-up would therefore be: Marc-André ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Gérard Pique, Clément Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann.
6:20 p.m. CEST: Valencia’s planned lineup against Barcelona
Let’s take a look at the planned rosters, starting with the home side. Valence to have Jasper cillessen available again after an injury and he could return to the line-up, facing his former club. As is Valence the probable composition is as follows: Jasper Cillessen; Daniel Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gaya; Yunus Musah, Carlos Soler, Uros Racic, Goncalo Guedes; Maxi Gomez, Kevin Gameiro.
6:00 p.m. CEST: How and where to watch Valencia vs Barcelona on TV or streaming? What is the start time?
This massive LaLiga Santander showdown kicks off at 9:00 p.m. CEST local time, which is 8:00 p.m. BST for UK fans and 3:00 p.m. EDT for those on the US East Coast. The Catalan club also produced the graphic below with Valence vs Barcelona start times for other parts of the world. As to where to look Valence vs Barcelona on TV or streaming, it can be seen on Movistar + and their online platforms in Spain, on Premier Sports in the UK and on BeIN Sports in the US.