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Jonathan Cordingley 17th Oct 2009 - 9:01

Can Barça make their best ever start to a league season?

Six games, six wins. Can they make it seven? Along with the many records Barcelona (8/13) have broken in the last year, they stand on the cusp of breaking another should they beat Valencia in the Mestella on Saturday night. Jonathan Cordingley previews the big Spanish game.

Not an easy task it's fair to say and the touch and go nature of Valencia striker David Villa's injury could prove to be a decisive factor in this game.

Should he start, it's worth noting that Villa leads the La Liga scoring charts with 6 goals in 6 games and critics of Valencia often say "no Villa, no win!" If he plays no part look for Mata and Silva to offer Valencia's  best chance for goals. Both have been in great form for club and country and Mata can be backed at 4/1 anytime scorer, with Silva slightly shorter at 10/3 in the same market.

For Barça, former Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry misses out and will therefore be unable to add to his impressive tally of 9 goals in as many games against Valencia. However, his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored first in 4 of the 6 games he's played in La Liga, so 9/2 first goal could tempt punters into backing him.

I always find this fixture fascinating and full of goals (2-2 last season, 14/1 for a repeat), so factor in Barcelona's 15 goals in their last four league games against Los Che, along with Valencia's inability to hold onto leads and this season's encounter looks unlikely to be any different.

Recommendation: Over 2 goals (2/5)


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