Valencia vs Barcelona – La Liga as it happened

Callum Rice-Coates
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barcelona's equaliser: Reuters

Lionel Messi's equaliser earned off-colour Barcelona a point against Valencia after Ezequiel Garay had put the hosts in front. Re-live the action:

What time does it start?

Valencia vs Barcelona kicks off at 7:45pm (BST)

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Eleven Sports 1, with coverage starting from 7:40pm. Eleven Sports subscribers can also watch the game via the online video player or the Eleven Sports app.

Highlights will be shown at midnight on the same channel.

It’s a big game for…

Nelson Semedo: The Portuguese right-back has struggled with life with the Catalan giants so far and his display against Spurs at Wembley was an example of that. He was overly cautious when attempting to support the visitors’ attack and looked defensively out of sorts, committing to ground too early for Kane’s goal and was very lucky to not gift a chance to Lucas Moura late on due to a lack of awareness.

Nelson Samedo dribbles out from the back (Getty)

Remember when…

Lionel Messi has struck up fruitful partnerships with many Barcelona forwards over the years, but his on-the-field connection with left-back Jordi Alba is something that has created its fair share of goals too. That was precisely the case in November last year, when the former Valencia left-back scored a stunning equaliser from Messi’s lofted pass after Rodrigo had opened the scoring for the hosts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwTXwL_IM2A

Player to watch…

Geoffrey Kondogbia: The Frenchman ran the show in the Champions League this week against a lacklustre Manchester United midfield, alongside the more diminutive Parejo. Nevertheless he will face a much sterner test when he battles it out with Sergio Busquets on Sunday night. He may also have the best chance in the Valencia side of stopping Lionel Messi due to his ability to come from nowhere and win the ball, and therefore a lot of Valencia’s success in both boxes will come down to the former Monaco man.

Geoffrey Kondogbia battles with Man United's players (Getty)

Past three-meetings…

Barcelona 2 (Suarez, Umtiti) Valencia 1 (Parejo pen), La Liga, April 2018

Valencia 0 Barcelona 2 (Coutinho, Rakitic), Copa del Rey, February 2018

Barcelona 1 (Suarez) Valencia 0, Copa del Rey, February 2018

Odds…

Valencia to win: 19/5

Barcelona to win: 8/13

Draw: 3/1

(Odds provided by 888 Sport)