Barcelona vs Valencia
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
With the news of the imminent return of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez gaining traction, home fans are anticipating a great weekend. The transfer pendulum has finally settled, and now it could be said for certain that Neymar Jr won’t be joining the Blaugrana. Maybe at least for this ongoing season.
Despite the loss of the Brazilian, or rather the non-arrival, it has the potential to act as a blessing in disguise. And especially so with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele in the mix.
These star players will get ample enough playing time. And as an added bonus, the drama and controversy that always seem to surround the influential PSG winger will stay in Paris itself.
With a settled squad and the return of some major stars, the Blaugrana will be keen to take on Valencia, who incidentally had denied them a chance to record five consecutive Copa del Reys and another valuable domestic double.
Quite surely this will be a grudge match. Moreover, with the added charm of the Camp Nou, loyal Cules will expect nothing but a comprehensive and dominating display of football.
Barcelona vs Valencia Head-to-head (h2h)
- Nine of the former eleven matches had goals from both teams.
- 17 of the former 20 wins belong to Barca.
- 12 of the previous 15 wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- Five of the prior six meetings at this stadium had goals at either end of the pitch.
Barcelona vs Valencia Prediction
The sheer quality of the players alone massively place Ernesto Valverde’s men as the favorites. On top of that, they have the home advantage, and with them having lost against this same opponent in the 2019 Copa del Rey final, this tie is more of an opportunity to exact revenge. And if ever there were a squad to be keen to settle old scores, it’s Barca.
Going on, h2h encounters too enormously place the current Spanish champions as the ones with the upper hand. 17 of the previous 20 h2h wins and 12 of the last 15 at this venue went to this same squad.
In addition, the Blaugrana have scored twice or more against this opponent in 12 of the prior 16 battles at the Camp Nou, and with the return of talisman Lionel Messi, a thorough win is imminent for the title-holders.
Barcelona vs Valencia Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Barcelona @ 1.40 (2/5).