After bouncing back from a disappointing defeat against Real Sociedad with a comfortable 4-1 win over Almeria, FC Barcelona will be looking to temporarily reclaim control at the top of La Liga with a win today against Real Valladolid. The Blaugrana's trip to the Jose Zorrilla kicks off what is set to be another intriguing week of domestic fixtures, although one might argue that Barca's priorities may lie elsewhere with Manchester City set to visit the Camp Nou in just a few days' time. Still, with an important league fixture to contend with, Barcelona will likely be relishing the chance to continue building momentum as we approach the business end of the season.
A win tomorrow would not only serve to improve Barcelona's recent run of form, but it would also put them back atop the pile in Spain, for 24 hours at least. On Sunday, Real Madrid host Levante and are expected to win to retain first place, but you never know in football. Barcelona simply need to position themselves to be able to capitalise in the unlikely event that Levante do win a surprise point or three.
And yes, they will be without Andres Iniesta, while the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and the majority of our Spanish contingent continue to work their way back to match sharpness following a tough trip of international travel, but the fact remains that Barcelona boast a talented side. A team that is more than capable of picking up the three points today. Predict the score of tonight's clash by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!