In four previous meetings between these two clubs, records shows that Lionel Messi was one Barcelona player, who took a greater part of the goal scoring responsibility in this tie. With the Argentine no longer at the club, there is one player, who I think can take up the goal scoring responsibility for Barcelona today.
After two consecutive losses to Atlético Madrid and Benfica, Barcelona will be hoping to get back to winning ways, as they take on Valencia at Camp Nou tonight. Amidst all the unrest at the club, Ronald Koeman will be hoping to his toothless forward line firing again. The Catalan giants will be without Pedri, Dembélé and Braithwaite, as they are all ruled out due to injury, but the good news is that Umtiti and Aguero are for and available for selection.
Valencia, on the flip side, have also been below par this season, getting just one win, and two draws in their last five games. They will be hoping to regain their decent form which they had at the beginning of the season.
Gazing at the head-to-head statistics, it shows that former Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has been a consistent scorer for Barcelona in this tie. He was on the scoresheet in Barcelona's 3-2 win in May 2021, scoring two second half goal to ensure that the club went home with three points.
Messi celebrating his second goal against Valencia
The Argentine was also on the scoresheet when they played a 2-2 draw against the Los murciélagos in December 2020. As frustrating as the game was, he scored a first half equalizer after missing an initial penalty.
Messi celebrating after scoring a rebound against Valencia in December 2020
Messi was like a messiah for Barcelona in this particular fixture, but considering the fact that he is no longer with the club, I think Memphis Depay will be the player, who will take up the goal scoring responsibility of this game. Since signing for Barcelona in the summer, he has been the most prolific attacker in the team.
So far this season, he has scored three goals in seven appearances for the club. He had been in a good form, and I think he can produce a Lionel Messi esque performance tonight.
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