Neymar-less Barcelona expected to wind up the Mestalla much less

There are just five days remaining until arguably the biggest game of the season to date when Valencia host Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla.

There are less than 500 tickets left in premium seating and resale of other seats has already resulted in prices tripling on their original value.

Valencia go into the game in fantastic form, having won eight successive games to set a new LaLiga record for themselves.

Despite all that is at stake between first and second in the table, there is a noticeable drop in tension between the clubs.

Last season’s game was the most fiery of the campaign, ending with a plastic bottle being thrown from the stand at Neymar which produced a monumental flare up between both sets of players and on the benches.

On their official website, Barcelona accused Enzo Perez of deliberately injuring Andres Iniesta in the 3-2 win for the visitors, while Los Che denounced Neymar’s behaviour in provoking the crowd.

However, with the Brazilian no longer at the Camp Nou, the tension has cooled between the clubs.

This week, Valencia are set to launch an initiative in which they promote cheering for their own team, who have been devastating at home, as opposed to focusing on intimidating the visitors.

Valencia have five wins and a draw at home this season, scoring 16 goals and conceding just two and a large display is planned for the scenes prior to kick-off on Sunday too.

Only Atletico Madrid have managed to take something from the Mestalla this season as the venue has looked more like the old daunting place to go that it once was.

The attendance figures have shot up as a result and so far there has been a 20 percent increase on attendances when compared with last season and that figure is rising too.

The only great absentee for the game will be their coach Marcelino, who was sent off last time out against Espanyol and will watch from the stands, leaving the bench in the capable hands of his assistant Ruben Uria.

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