Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
2018/19 Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018
Kick-off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Estadio José Zorrilla (Valladolid).
Barcelona bagged a solid 3-0 win away at Alaves on matchday 1 and will be keen to stamp their authority on a newly promoted side like Real Valladolid this week.
Valladolid last played in La Liga four years ago and they celebrated their return with a hard earned point at Girona with a goal-less stalemate. However, Sergio González and his boys must consider themselves lucky to have come away with a point, especially when his team created no meaningful chance through the course of 90 minutes.
Barcelona on the other hand have plenty of reasons to be happy with their display at Alaves. They had to be very patient against a well-organized defense and once the wait was ended by a Lionel Messi penalty in the 64th minute, they managed to open the flood gates and run rout with two more goals.
Real Valladolid vs Barcelona Head-to-head
Valladolid won 1-0 when these two sides last met at Estadio José Zorrilla, in 2014, a result ended the 12 match unbeaten streak of Barcelona that saw 9 wins and 3 draws.
The Blaugrana were also on an 8 match winning streak prior to that defeat.
Three of their last four h2h games saw both teams scoring and 5 of the last six registered over 2.5 goals.
Real Valladolid vs Barcelona Prediction
The Blaugrana were next to perfect in the rout at Alaves last week, importantly Lionel Messi scored twice and came away with 90% pass success rate.
On the other hand, Valladolid picked a decent point away at Girona on the opening day. The match produced no goals and Blanquivioletas had just over 30% of the ball possession and managed to get no shots on goals.
Thus, we all know without a second thought which way this game is going to end.
Real Valladolid vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Over 2.5 match goals at 2/5 (1.40) is the safe option.
Value is in backing Barcelona -2 Asian Handicap for 1/1 (2.00) odd.