In the upcoming days, in Spain’s La Liga, the 24th round fixtures will take place. Here, the classic FC Barcelona vs. Valencia will be played on Sunday at 16:15. Thus, the leader in the La Liga table will receive the third-last team. The Blaugrana and the Ches have 59 and 23 points respectively.
What speaks for FC Barcelona?
- Between early January and mid-February, they threaded seven wins in the Primera División.
What speaks for Valencia?
- Fixtures against the FC Barcelona always bring an extra motivation.
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: Both teams to score – No
- Odds: 1.80
Expert analysis FC Barcelona
For the FC Barcelona, the home match against Valencia will take place one week after a 0-1 away defeat against the 15th-ranked Almería. This marked the second defeat for Xavi’s side in 23 LaLiga fixtures. Besides, the Blaugrana dropped points only in two draws.
The second of these occurred at home in the city derby against the 12th-placed Espanyol (1-1). Apart from that, the FC Barcelona from the tenth to the 22nd round always left the pitch as winners. Plus, between the beginning of January and mid-February, the Blaugrana managed six clean sheets in seven league matches.
The exception, a 2-1 at the fifth-ranked Betis, happened after three 1-0s at the fourth-ranked Atlético Madrid, at home against the penultimate Getafe and in the regional derby at the eleventh-ranked Girona. Then, the FC Barcelona threaded a 3-0 against the 14th-placed Sevilla FC, a 1-0 at the seventh-placed Villarreal and, in the most recent home match, a 2-0 against the fifth-last Cádiz. On Thursday, the Blaugrana prevailed 1-0 in a Clásico at leaders Real Madrid. This result in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final put them in a good position for the second leg.
Expert analysis Valencia
The visitors’ in the Valencia vs. FC Barcelona classic will play this clash eight days after a 1-0 home win over the fourth-placed Real Sociedad. So, in the second match with Rubén Baraja on the sidelines, the Ches stopped a streak of five defeats in the LaLiga. Moreover, from the 15th to the 22nd matchday, Valencia collected only one point out of 24 possible. Here, the only draw came at home on 23 January with a 2-2 against Almería.
Previously, the Bats, who were managed by the Italian Gennaro Gattuso at the time, returned from the break with a 1-2 in a regional derby at Villarreal and a 0-1 home defeat against Cádiz. Next, they first suffered three away defeats. Here, Valencia lost against the fourth-last-placed Valladolid (0-1), against the second-ranked Real Madrid (0-2) and against Girona (0-1).
Then, the Ches were beaten in the La Liga at home by the ninth-placed Athletic Bilbao (1-2) and by Getafe (0-1). Thus, in Valencia scored in their 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad at last weekend, the same number of times as they overall had done in their previous five Primera División appearances.
Head-to-head comparison FC Barcelona – Valencia
The visitors in the FC Barcelona vs. Valencia classic prevailed in all the last five clashes against their upcoming opponents. Here, in the La Liga 2021/2022, the Blaugrana celebrated against the Ches a 3-1 and a 4-1. Subsequently, FC Barcelona won the first match against Valencia in this season by 1-0.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
In seven of the last eight Primera División appearances for the hosts in the FC Barcelona vs Valencia fixture, not both teams netted. In six of those, the leaders managed clean sheets. Besides, they made the headlines on Sunday with a 0-1 away defeat against Almería. The previous day, the third-bottom side surprised with a 1-0 home win against Real Sociedad. But previously, the Ches scored a total of one goal in five league appearances.
FC Barcelona vs. Valencia – betting prediction: Both teams to score – No, odds 1.80
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