Barcelona vs Valencia
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Valencia received a huge confidence-boost on Tuesday when they came back from a goal deficit to beat Getafe by a two-goal margin and advance into the Copa del Rey semi-final.
The Bats showed a tremendous character to slaw their way back into the contest in spite of conceding a goal in the very opening minute of the reverse fixture at Mestalla.
They needed a two-goal margin win after the 1-0 loss in the first leg at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Azulones held a 1-1 draw all up until 92nd-minute when striker Rodrigo completed a brace within two minutes to send Valencia through literally in the dying minutes of the affair.
Rodrigo was also on the scoreline in last weekend’s 3-0 drubbing of Villarreal. Marcelino’s men thus slowly came on the brink of top six in the Primera Division ladder.
Can they take advantage of the momentum to cause troubles to defending champions Barcelona in one of the most exciting games of the Matchday at Camp Nou?
Barcelona vs Valencia: Head-to-head
Valencia held Blaugrana to a 1-1 draw when teams met each other in this term of La Liga in October last year.
Barcelona were, however, the dominant force in the history of this match-up.
The Catalans won five and drew two of past seven ties with the Bats.
It is interesting to note that four of last five head to head encounters saw fewer than three goals scored which is fairly rare for Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Valencia: Prediction
Ernesto Valverde’s men are cruising towards the new La Liga title. They won eight in a row in the league and are five points clear off the second-placed Atletico Madrid coming into this fixture with Valencia.
However, we have to say Barcelona are heavily dependent on their star Lionel Messi whose individual quality exclusively brought them points in recent weeks.
Barca missed a host of chances last Sunday against Girona. They will not get so many opportunities in front of Valencia’s goal if we are to judge by both low-scoring head to head tradition as well as Valencia’s recent highly-improved defensive approach.
Under 3.5 goals FT is a must-take pick at 1.90 based on everything written above. You can also have Barcelona to score fewer than three goals on the evening at 1.83.
Barcelona vs Valencia: Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.90 (9/10)
Barcelona Under 2.5 Team Goals @ 1.83 (5/6).