Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
Kick-off: 08:00 PM GMT / 03:00 PM EST
The immense pressure on the shoulders of Gary Neville compounded even further as Valencia went on to suffer a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Real Betis in the La Liga last weekend, following their 7-0 humiliation against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.
Now Valencia prepare for the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Barcelona at the Mestalla and although Los Che are virtually already eliminated, it will be of paramount importance for Neville’s men to put in a good show in front of their angry supporters.
Injury Doubts: Guilherme Siqueira, Javi Fuego, Paco Alcacer
Levante Probable Lineup: Ryan; Barragan, Mustafi, Abdennour, Santos; Feghouli, Parejo, Cheryshev, Mina; Rodrigo, Negredo
Barcelona extended their winning run to a fantastic 10 matches with a 2-0 victory over Levante during the weekend and although not in top gear, the Catalan giants were good enough to claim the victory on the day.
Now Barcelona look to seal their place in the final of the Copa del Rey when they square off against Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday night and with a seven goal advantage in tact, Luis Enrique’s men are expected to stroll through the match with an under-strength team.
Injury Doubts: Rafinha, Lionel Messi
Barcelona Probable Lineup: ter Stegen; Vidal, Vermaelen, Bartra, Mathieu; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Turan; Adriano, Munir, Sandro Ramirez
While nothing can be ruled out in football, many are certain that Valencia have no chance whatsoever to overturn their deficit in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona on Wednesday night.
Nonetheless, Valencia are under a lot of pressure to put in a good showing in front of their fans and one can expect a much tighter affair this time around, especially with Barcelona likely to field a weakened side.
Given Valencia’s woes, Barcelona are still favourites to claim a victory on the night but expect Valencia to deliver a much improved performance.
Valencia 1 – 2 Barcelona