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Valencia vs. Barcelona: Barca Will Continue Domination of Valencia at Mestalla

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 8-0 and Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Things haven't gone well for Valencia against Barcelona over the past few years, despite being one of the most storied clubs in La Liga.

Valencia hasn't knocked off Barca since 2008, and have lost three of the past four matches, with one draw.

Injuries are mounting for Barcelona as Gerard Pique likely won't feature in the starting 11, despite recovering from a calf injury, while Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez are out with hamstring injuries.

Valencia are currently 3-0 and sit atop the standings, but have won each match by just a single goal, while Barcelona has a plus-13 goal differential.

On the surface, it looks like a golden opportunity for Valencia, but if any team has the ability to fight through injuries, it is Barcelona.

Barca is coming off an 8-0 thrashing of Osasuna that helped the team reaffirm their status as La Liga favorites. They made a statement in that match, and will look to make another statement against Valencia.

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Barcelona is loaded from top to bottom, and have the best club player in the world. Lionel Messi has absolutely dominated La Liga over the past few seasons, and will look to take advantage of any mental lapses Valencia has on the backline.

This is a huge game for both teams, and Barcelona always seems to be up to the task. They have dominated Valencia over the past few years, and despite a few injuries, there is no reason to think things will be different this time around.

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