Barcelona vs Real Valladolid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 16 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Barcelona have an imperative to claim a three-pointer on Saturday against Real Valladolid.
Reigning champions slipped up twice in a row in La Liga and allowed fierce rivals Real Madrid to reduce the gap at the top of the standings down to six points after a thread of five straight wins in the competition.
Blaugrana made it three straight draws if we count the hardly fought 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde’s troops need a win against such opposition not only because of the margin at the top of the standings but also to boost up the confidence ahead of the Champions League tie with Lyon next week.
Luckily for Barca, they will be up against out-of-form relegation strugglers who fell 4-0 to rock-bottomed Huesca in their previous away fixture in the competition.
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid: Head-to-head
Valladolid have never been a tricky opposition for Blaugrana who won 24, drew 5 and lost 4 of 33 H3H encounters.
Barcelona were particularly dominant in H2H matches at Camp Nou where they won 12, drew 3 and list 1 of 16 against Pucela.
Barcelona scored four or more goals in four of past five home encounters against Valladolid.
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid: Prediction
The hosts will have a nice opportunity to continue the high-scoring trend in H2H games with Valladolid at Camp Nou.
Ousmane Dembele returned to the squad from the injury and we could expect him even in the starting line-up here.
When Barcelona are motivated (they certainly are here after a series of three consecutive draws), they can produce a true goal fest.
Since Valladolid shipped six goals without any response in consecutive away defeats to the likes of Levante and Huesca, we feel this will be one of those nights for Barcelona to bag five or more goals.
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid: Bet Tips
Barcelona -2.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20)
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 1.83 (5/6).