Valencia vs Barcelona by Rahul

Barcelona showcased us in mid-week how talented their lineup is with strong showing against Manchester City with the MSN delivering a strong showing. Now that they are all fit; they need to turn up the screws against Valencia to regain the lead in La Liga, as they sit in 4th spot at the moment, 2 points behind Atletico Madrid. Barcelona midfield should likely be full strength with Iniesta, Rakitic and Busquets in the midfield to increase their creative chances especially with no mid-week encounters. Barcelona defense will see Alba and Pique missing in this encounter which should see Umtiti and Mascherano partner each other in centre midfield, with Digne sitting on the left back. The Barcelona back line is quite susceptible to leak goals; and that will force Barcelona to smash even more goals to secure a win. Barcelona have scored 3 goals in 4 out of their last 5 encounters in all seasons; so there is a good chance they continue this run.


Valencia have made some changes in the management department which has seen Cesare Prandelli bought into the squad but his Italian team got beaten by a lot of these Barcelona boys back in 2014 European Championships; which will be on the back of his mind coming in this encounter. Valencia have now won 3 and lost 1 out of their last 4 games now, with Prandelli just taking the win in his first game last time around. The Valencia defense has been shambolic conceding a goal in every single game played so far this campaign, will be struggling to out-score Barcelona to stay in this game.


Barcelona drew 1 and lost 1 of their 2 league fixtures against Valencia and will need to turn this around this season against a bigger struggling Valencia side, and I expect Barcelona will get their goal scoring boots on for shipping a few goals against Valencia. Barcelona to score at least 3 goals will be the way I get in
Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Barcelona Over 2.5 Goals Bet365 2.00 6 2-3 WON (+6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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