Futbol Club Barcelona will be looking to improve to 3-0 in Spanish La Liga 2013 play when it travels to a tough Estadio Mestalla in València, España, to take on a tricky Valencia Club de Futbol side.
This third round match is scheduled to commence at 3:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 p.m. local time) and it'll be broadcast live on beIN Sports and beIN Sports Live Stream.
According to soccer oddsmakers, Lionel Messi & Co. come in listed as 9/2 [-200] betting favorites over a Valencia side with unlikely, 1/2 [+450] odds off an upset.
The OVER/UNDER for this Valencia vs Barcelona live stream match is set at a combined total of 3 goals, the odds of a draw equal to 33/10 [+330] and alternate lines have Valencia +1½ [10/19, -190] vs. Barcelona -1½ [2/3, +150].
With six points accumulated in the early going, (2-0) FC Barcelona comes in sitting in second place, trailing only (3-0) Villarreal (9 points) according to the latest standings.
In the case of their counterparts, Valencia CF hasn't done itself any favors two matches into the new season, posting a 1-1 mark (3 pts.), which is good enough for the 12th spot in the Spanish Primera Division table (La Liga BBVA Standings).
These bitter rivals have met a total of twelve times dating back to the 1999 campaign. The last time they met was late last season, as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw on Feb. 3 at Mestalla (32' Banega and 38' Messi).
While "Los Che" dominated the head-to-head series in the early going (4-1), Barça has managed to tip the scales in its favor since the turn of the new millennium (4-0-3).
Nevertheless, Mestalla hasn't been a pleasant venue for a Barcelona squad that's registered all but one victory over the last five years.
For this match in particular, Barça manager Gerardo Martino declared Messi and Adriano fit to play (thigh), but other three players will not be making the trip (Xavi, Alexis and Oier).
After Saturday's practice, Martino announced the Barça 19-man squad that will face Valencia on Sunday:
- Dos Santos
- Jordi Alba
- Dani Alves
- Sergi Roberto
Don't miss a minute of the action of Sunday afternoon's Spanish League 2013 Valencia vs Barcelona live stream fixture. Is it a mistake for soccer oddsmakers to heavily favor a side that's come up empty in half a decade at Mestalla?