Spain: Ros Casares and UB Barcelona both look for a change in fortunes in top of the table clash

13.02.2004

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Valencia's talisman Amaya Valdemoro
Liga Feminina leaders Ros Casares Valencia and UB Barcelona face each other this weekend in a top of the table clash as both teams look for catharsis after being knocked out of the EuroLeague Women.

UB Barcelona travel to the Fuente de San Luis in Valencia to take on their arch-rivals in a bid for revenge for their Copa de Reina Semi-Final loss to Ros Casares, as well as an 8-point defeat at home earlier in the season. Valencia are currently top of the league table, with 3 more wins than their Barcelona and a win on Saturday would almost guarantee them the number one spot for the Play-Offs starting in April. 

Barcelona, however, have something to prove and will be looking to upset the Copa de Reina holders on their home turf. The Catalan club appeared to be certain of a EuroLeague Women Play-Off spot, however following 4 losses in the last 6 European games the team dropped to a disappointing 5th place and didn't qualify. The loss of veteran centre Razija Brcaninovic after some controversy has also hurt Barcelona and players and coaching staff now need a boost to morale to help finish the domestic season on a high. Brasilian Erika de Sousa has now come in at the centre spot, replacing Adrian Williams, and the team will be looking for some big numbers from her while she matches up against Ros' Michele Van Gorp.

In doubt for Valencia this weekend is Australian national team forward Trish Fallon, who is still suffering from a knee injury received during the EuroLeague game against Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius.

Saturday's game starts at 19:00 and will be shown live on Teledeporte.

 


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