(Sporting Alert) — Lionel Messi and Neymar both start for Barcelona FC in tonight’s Spanish La Liga clash against Valencia at the Mestalla.

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The pair will lead the Barcelona attack with Spanish international Pedro joining them in the goal seek positions.

Alexis Sanchez and Xavi have been rested for the contest so Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets make up the midfield.

Javier Mascherano once again start at center back as partner for Gerard Pique.

Cristian Tello, Alex Song and Adriano are all on the substitutes bench.

For Valencia, Ever Banega, Sergio Canales and Helder Postiga are all in the starting team for the home clash against the defending champions, while Oriol Romeu is on the bench.

Valencia v Barcelona Teams

Valencia: 1. Diego Alves, 12. Joao Pereira, 4. Adil Rami, 20. Ricardo Costa, 18. Andres Guardado, 15. Javi Fuego, 24. Michel, 11. Dorlan Pabon, 10. Ever Banega, 23. Sergio Canales, 9. Helder Postiga.
Subs: 13. Vicente Guaita, 6. Oriol Romeu, 7. Jonas, 8. Sofiane Feghouli, 14. Juan Bernat, 21. Daniel Parejo, 22. Jeremy Mathieu

Barcelona: 1. Victor Valdes, 22. Dani Alves, 3. Gerard Pique, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 4. Cesc Fabregas, 16. Sergio Busquets, 8. Andres Iniesta, 7. Pedro, 11. Neymar, 10. Lionel Messi.
Subs: 13. Jose Pinto, 12. Jonathan dos Santos, 15. Marc Bartra, 17. Alex Song, 20. Cristian Tello, 21. Adriano, 24. Sergi Roberto


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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