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Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

La Liga preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia

Barcelona vs. Valencia odds

Inform your Barcelona vs. Valencia prediction

Analysing the Barcelona vs. Valencia stats

La Liga preview: Barcelona vs. Valencia

Barcelona play Valencia in this weekend’s highlight La Liga match. Looking for value in the Barcelona vs. Valencia odds? Read on to inform your Barcelona vs. Valencia prediction.

A close look at the Barcelona vs. Valencia odds

Barcelona have dominated La Liga this season and are expected to control this game in a similar fashion. The odds imply the hosts have a greater than 75% chance of winning this game.

Valencia might be above Real Madrid in the table but they are not expected to test the Catalans. They are 2.246* outsiders on the +1.25 handicap.

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Barcelona vs. Valencia stats: What you need to know

Time: Saturday April 14, 15:15 (GMT+1) kickoff

Venue: Camp Nou

Team news:

Barcelona: Long-term absentees Lucas Digne and Sergi Samper are out of the game.

Valencia: Francis Coquelin (injury) is out for the rest of the season.

  • Barcelona’s La Liga home record: 13 wins, two draws
  • Valencia’s away record in La Liga: eight wins, three draws, four losses
  • Barcelona remain undefeated in La Liga this season
  • Valencia have won eight of their last nine La Liga matches
  • Rodrigo (Valencia) has scored six goals in his last five La Liga fixtures

Inform your Barcelona vs. Valencia prediction

Barcelona welcome Valencia to the Camp Nou for a fixture between first and third place in La Liga. Although they are only two places behind the leaders Valencia are very much underdogs in this matchup.

Despite this, the visitors should not be written off. They are in superb form after going undefeated in nine straight matches as they have all but assured a place in next season’s Champions League.

Key to Valencia’s successful season has been the form of their strike force. All three of Valencia’s frontline strikers have scored double figures this season as they have taken it in turns to hit top form.

At the moment it is Rodrigo who leads the way as he pushes for a place in the Spanish World Cup squad. Rodrigo has scored six in his last five games to overtake teammate Simone Zaza and become Valencia’s top goalscorer.

The visitors have only failed to score four times this season and secured a credible 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture against Barca.

Barcelona are of course the leading side in La Liga. They have only failed to score once in the league this season and their home record is impressive. However, they did have the added distraction of their Champions League defeat against AS Roma prior to this fixture and Ernesto Valverde may rest some of their star men after a poor performance in Rome.

Barcelona vs. Valencia: Where is the value?

Barcelona are heavily favoured to win this match but the quality of the visitors should not be discounted. With a tricky midweek fixture and fatigue concerns surrounding Messi this match could be more difficult than some anticipate.

Valencia have been excellent in recent weeks and Rodrigo is sure to test the Barcelona backline. Valencia to score over 0.75 goals could present value at 1.925* considering their strong scoring record.

Likewise the Valencia +2.25 handicap at 1.534* could be of interest to bettors given that this selection would have been a winner in the last seven matches between the two sides.

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