Sunday’s clash between Valencia and Barcelona is set to be one of the biggest matches of the season so far with Los Che unbeaten and in their best form in years, and it’s more than likely that the Blaugrana will need to rely on their forward duo of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to trouble the hosts.
With Messi having officially put pen to paper on his new contract, which will run until June 2021, Los Cules head to the Estadio Mestalla knowing that a victory will see them extend their lead at the top of LaLiga yet further.
Valencia haven’t traditionally dealt with the pairing well, because in recent years both of the forwards have found goals easy to come by against Sunday’s opponents.
Ever since the first occasion they faced Los Che together in the 2014/15 season, there has been just one match in which neither of the South American duo has netted.
In the games since then it has been nothing short of a goal bonanza for Messi and Suarez, notching a grand total of 17 goals between them.
The Argentine forward has nine of those whilst the former Liverpool star has scored eight, and the most memorable match came in the 2015/16 edition of the Copa del Rey.Gary Neville’s beleaguered side were trounced as the two scored seven goals between them.
Hope has not yet completely dissipated for Marcelino however, as it has been noted just how poor the Uruguayan forward has been in LaLiga this term.He has struggled to find any real form and has often looked frustrated in front of goal.