Barcelona vs. Valencia: Where to Watch La Liga, TV Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

This year's La Liga is only three games old, but Barcelona already trails leaders Atletico Madrid by five points.

The Catalans' form before the international break would have been considered underwhelming for a team with top-four aspirations, let alone for a club that has made winning the league a habit over the last decade.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde can justifiably blame the lackluster start to the campaign to a run of injuries that has so far deprived him of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

The latter pair picked up injuries on the opening weekend of the season and are yet to return, while Messi hasn't kicked a ball this season after picking up a calf injury during his first summer training session back in August.

The Argentine maestro hasn't played a game in 37 days, the longest layoff since he spent 51 days on the sidelines after he suffered a knee ligament injury in September 2015. Without their talisman, Barcelona has found it hard to break teams down, particularly as Antoine Griezmann is yet to hit top gear.

The Frenchman, who arrived from Atletico Madrid for $133 million, scored twice in the second game of the season against Real Betis and will again be asked to shoulder the lion's share of offensive duties against Valencia on Saturday.

Like Barcelona, Los Che have four points after three games but are in turmoil after their coach Marcelino Garcia Toral was fired on Wednesday.

The 54-year-old led the club to back-to-back fourth-place finishes and in May he guided Valencia to its first trophy in 11 years with a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Cup final.

However, the Spaniard's relationship with the club's owner, Peter Lim, had become strained beyond repair and the firing had looked increasingly likely since a crisis played out publicly during the summer.

Albert Celades, who played for Barcelona between 1995 and 1999, has taken over from Marcelino and has a delicate task on his hands, with a number of senior of players openly questioning the decision to fire their coach on social media.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

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Carles Perez of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's third goal with team mates during the Liga match against Real Betis Balompie at Camp Nou on August 25 in Barcelona, Spain. Quality Sport Images/Getty

When and where is the game?

Barcelona hosts Valencia at the Nou Camp on Saturday, September 14, with kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

Barcelona is unbeaten in the last six league games against Valencia, winning three and drawing three. Valencia, however, won the last meeting between the two sides, beating Barcelona 2-1 in May in the Spanish Cup final.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORTS.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via beIN Sports website and beIN Sports' digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.

Form

Barcelona's season has got to an uncharacteristically slow start, leaving the Blaugrana on four points after three games, already five adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona lost the opening fixture to Athletic Bilbao, before thrashing Real Betis 5-2 and drawing 2-2 with Osasuna in the final game before the international break.

Valencia also has four points, courtesy of a draw against Real Sociedad, a loss away to Celta Vigo and a win at home against Mallorca.

Team news

Lionel Messi remains unavailable as he continues to recover from a half injury he picked up on the first day of preseason. The Argentine is yet to play a competitive game this season and will sit out against Valencia.

Luis Suarez could be available after returning to training following a hamstring injury. Valencia, meanwhile, will be without Carlos Soler and Cristiano Piccini.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, Barcelona is a 47/100 favorite, while the draw is at 18/5 and Valencia is a 23/4 underdog.

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