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Valencia vs Barcelona: Predictions
In one of the closest La Liga title races in eons just three points currently separates table-toppers Atletico Madrid from Sevilla in fourth, with perennial champions Real Madrid and Barcelona sandwiched between in second and third respectively.
Ronald Koeman’s men have been on an extraordinary run since the festive period, but just choked in midweek against Granada, squandering the opportunity to leapfrog their title rivals into first with their game in hand, with the Andalusians running out 2-1 victors.
So, the fate of the title remains with Atleti, who have looked nervous in 2021 and unable to put together a consistent run of wins to create breathing room from the chasing pack. Barca will look to keep within touching distance this weekend and get back to winning ways themselves.
Their opponents come in the guise of Valencia, who are languishing precariously in the bottom half of the table and remain just six points above the relegation trap door, so Javi Gracia will be desperate to ensure points don’t fall by the wayside and his side stay away from danger.
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Valencia vs Barcelona: Match Stats
The Blaugrana are a side who like to get their business done early and that pattern of play is likely to follow suit this weekend as only Cadiz (30) have conceded more first-half goals than Valencia (27) in La Liga this season, while Barcelona have also scored the most (38).
With Los Che winless in their last five, Barca will be scenting blood and could go for the jugular if they break the deadlock early doors, something the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann have been good at all season, and given their performance on Thursday, Koeman will be looking for a big response from his players.
25 May 2019 – Barcelona 1-2 Valencia – Copa del Rey
02 Feb 2019 – Barcelona 2-2 Valencia – La Liga
Valencia have won just one of their last nine games against Barcelona in La Liga, but the Catalan club are actually winless in their last three games at Mestalla, their worst such run without a win away against Valencia since April 1992. The zenith of that spell for the hosts came in January last year, with then manager Albert Celades orchestrating a 2-0 triumph and Maxi Gomez netting a memorable brace.