Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Valencia vs Barcelona in the Semi-finals of Copa del Rey.
Valencia vs Barcelona Match Preview
Barcelona’s hope of doing a domestic double will be put to test when they take on Valencia in the second leg of their semi-final. This Valencia vs Barcelona second leg Copa del Rey semi-final will be played at the Estadio de Mestalla on Thursday, February 8, so check out our Valencia vs Barcelona prediction and betting tips.
Valencia carry a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at Nou Camp, but the hosts have every reason to believe they are still in the encounter. With this second leg in front of their passionate crowd, there is every chance for the hosts to overturn the deficit and reach the final. However, their form going into this match is patchy, as they have lost their last five encounters in all competitions. That also included a 2nd leg defeat in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal to Alaves, that they eventually won on penalties. Even in the La Liga, after an excellent start, they have faltered and are currently third in the league after 22 matches (40 pts) and a whopping 18 points behind Barcelona. Can they pick up form in this Valencia vs Barcelona fixture?
Barcelona not just carry a 1-0 lead into this Valencia vs Barcelona fixture, they also are in cracking form. The Catalans have lost only once in their last 35 encounters in all competitions (W27, D7, L1). That came against derby rivals Espanyol in the last round of the Copa del Rey. At home, the entire season, their form has been exemplary with their only defeat in 18 competitive fixtures (W16, D1, L1) coming against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup at the beginning of the season in August! Not just that, they have been defensively exceptional at home, managing six clean sheets in their last seven fixtures in all competitions. During the process, they scored 19 goals and conceded just once.
Valencia vs Barcelona H2H
Barcelona has played Valencia at the Mestalla earlier this season when they drew 1-1. However, they have won only once in their last 10 meetings against Barcelona.
Valencia vs Barcelona Team News
Valencia will be without Andreas Pereira, who is out for three weeks after a dreadful challenge from Sergi Roberto in the first leg. Jeison Murillo and Goncalo Guedes are also doubtful.
For Barcelona, doubts persist over the availability of Gerard Pique, although the Spanish defender should be ready to start.
Valencia vs Barcelona Probable Line-ups
Valencia XI: Domenech (GK), Montoya, Paulista, Garay, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Lato, Mina, Moreno.
Barcelona XI: Cillessen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez.
Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction
There is considerable enthusiasm in Valencia about this fixture as the Mestalla faithful believe this could be their chance to pinch a title. It won’t be that straightforward, though, as Barcelona have shown under Ernesto Valverde that they have improved defensively. Also, the fact that Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba have been rested over the weekend, gives them fresh legs and fresh ammunition for this match. We expect the visitors to progress and this particular leg could finish level on goals.