Barcelona will look to bounce back from their draw at Valencia when they take on Real Valladolid at 9:00pm (UK time) on Tuesday.
Ronald Koeman’s side, who are fifth in La Liga, were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia on Saturday and travel to play a Valladolid side who have lost just one of their last six in the league.
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Scoreline prediction: Real Valladolid 1-2 Barcelona
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Real Valladolid vs Barcelona build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Valladolid are 18th in La Liga, with just 14 points from their opening 14 games, but their position does not tell the whole story. The White and Violets have undoubtedly shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.
Since the start of November they have beaten Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Osasuna and drawn against Levante and Sevilla. Their only defeat in the last six La Liga games came against league-leaders Atletico Madrid.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side should be full of confidence, having earned a point against Sevilla with an 87th-minute equaliser on Saturday.
Barca, meanwhile, come into the match on the back of two wins and a draw in the last nine days, yet will still be ruing the lead they let slip on Saturday at Camp Nou.
Goals from Lionel Messi and Ronaldo Araujo had the hosts secure a 2-1 lead, only for Maxi Gomez to hit back for Los Che and earn a point which leaves Barca eight points adrift of leaders Atletico, who also have a game in hand.
- Real Valladolid (vs Sevilla): Masip; Hervias, Bruno, Yamiq, Garcia; Orellana, Mesa, Fede, Plano; Weissman, Maranhao.
- Barcelona (vs Valencia): Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Mingueza, Alba; Busquets; Griezmann, Pedri, Coutinho; Braithwaite, Messi.
Valladolid don’t have any fresh injury concerns after the draw at Sevilla, but Joaquin Fernandez, Saidy Janko, Javi Moyano and Kiko Olivas remain sidelined.
Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati are all injured for Barca and Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to feature despite recently returning to training after a hamstring problem.
Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong and Miralem Pjanic all featured from the bench against Valencia and could come into Koeman’s starting XI on Tuesday.
Players to watch:
- Real Valladolid: The White and Violets have been short of goals this season, with just 15 scored in 14 La Liga matches, but that has shown signs of improving recently. Valladolid netted three in wins over Granada and Osasuna and managed two against Athletic Club. Shon Weissman scored his only two league goals in the 3-2 win over Osasuna on 11 December and, like his team-mates, seems to be finding form at the right time. The 24-year-old Israeli striker joined Valladolid in the summer for a club-record €4million after a prolific 30-goal season in the Austrian top flight with Wolfsberger and looks to be coming good in La Liga now.
- Barcelona: Despite Koeman’s attempts to focus his attentions on Barcelona’s youngsters, the club’s focal point for the last decade remains the key man. Lionel Messi leads the way with nine goals across La Liga and Champions League this season and is keeping his performances up in spite of all the chaos on and off the pitch at the moment. The 33-year-old has played every minute of Barca’s last seven games and his continued solid form will be absolutely crucial to their attempts to close the gap to Atletico and Real Madrid.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Real Valladolid: WDLWD
- Barcelona: WLWWD
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