Barcelona Vs Valencia - Preview and Prediction
Barcelona Vs Valencia - Preview and Prediction,
Barcelona for the first time in over two years are somehow struggling to get results under Guardiola. Since taking over, playing “pretty” football and getting results was never a problem for Guardiola but things have somehow changed this season.
No doubt Barcelona are not doing badly by any means but due to the high expectations of the home fans, Barcelona are especially underperforming at home. In their first three home games, Barcelona only managed an unconvincing win against Sporting Gijon.
The international break did not help Guardiola by any means as he saw his ace striker David Villa picking up a knock in Spain’s 3-2 win over Scotland. Xavi on the other hand have not fully recovered from his Achilles problem while Pedro is definitely out for today’s game.
If Barcelona is underachieving this season, Valencia will definitely be overachieving this season. Not many people would have predicted Valencia to top the La Liga just after six games, especially after losing David Villa and David Silva in the summer.
Roberto Soldado who was bought in to replace Villa have been forming a decent partnership up front alongside Aritz Aduriz up front. Both Spanish players have a pretty good understanding of each other and they are getting the goals for Unai Emery’s side.
Unai Emery will be without Joaquin and Miguel for this game but with Pablo, Topal, Manuel Fernandes and Mata forming a solid midfield partnership in recent games, Joaquin might not be missed badly.
Head to Head:
Recent head to head suggest that this would be a close encounter. In their previous 10 meetings, Barcelona have managed four wins while Valencia have won on two occasion and the remaining four games ended up in draws.
The last time both these side met at the Nou Camp, Barcelona had all three points in the bag with a solid 3-0 win. Valencia’s last win against Barcelona came some three years ago at the Mestalla. The last time Valencia walked away with points from the Nou Camp came way back in 2006 where the game ended 1-1.
Under the Asianhandicap line this season, Barcelona have not won a single game at home this season. Nothing shocking as Barcelona have been giving a huge head start to their opponents every time they played at home.
On the other hand, Valencia have a perfect away record this season under the asianhandicap line. They have managed to win in all three away games they played away so far this season. A big improvement for Valencia, as they struggled on the road throughout last season.
Since losing two of their best players during the summer transfer window, Valencia have been relying on team effort rather than individuals. Previously, Valencia was always turning to David Villa and Silva time and time again but their departure had somehow helped improve the team.
Valencia have been front runners in the La Liga this season and top the table with 16 points. Barcelona will have to level up their play should they want to keep up pace on Valencia. Barcelona are already three points adrift from Valencia and another defeat would see Barcelona 6 points behind league leaders.
With Barcelona struggling to find the form the left off last season, Valencia have the outside chance of getting a draw but with this game being played at home, I fancy my chances on Guardiola’s side to take all three points. With Barcelona already dropping five points at home this season, Guardiola’s side cannot afford to continue dropping points at home if they wish to retain their La Liga title.
Barcelona to win @ 1.40 with Bet365
Messi to score @ 3.75 with Bet365
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