Valencia vs Barcelona prediction comes before the 21st round of Spanish La Liga. This game takes place on Saturday, January 24, at the Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia, Spain. In this match preview, we bring you betting tips and correct score predictions based on the analysis of these two sides.
Valencia vs Barcelona Betting Tips
After Atletico Madrid lost to Eibar in the previous round of La Liga, this competition has practically become a two-horse race between Barcelona and their biggest rivals, Real Madrid. Right now, the two teams are level-pegging, meaning that if one of them slips, the other can create a points gap that might be very difficult to bridge.
Real Madrid are playing Valladolid this weekend, while Barcelona have a much tougher challenge. Barca are traveling a few hundred miles to the West to play Valencia, a team that’s in the 7th place right now. The good news for Barcelona is that the player’s quality is on their side. The bad news is that there are plenty of bad news.
First of all, Barca will be without Luis Suarez who is injured. On the bright side, Lionel Messi is 100% fit. Another bad news, however, is that this is the first away match of Barca with their new manager in charge. Last weekend, Quique Setien made his debut as the Barcelona boss. His team did win, but they struggled quite a lot to score, eventually putting away only one goal.
And that match was played at Camp Nou, in front of 65,000+ spectators, most of which were supporting the home side. This time, they will play against Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla, which is where Els Taronges are without a defeat this season. So far, Valencia have won 5 and drew 5 matches at their stadium.
When it comes to Barcelona’s away performances, they haven’t been too impressive. In fact, this is the 4th-best team in the league when games on the road are concerned. Barca have lost 3, while winning 4 and drawing 3 away matches this season.
When it comes to the head-to-head history between these two teams, Barcelona have won more games, including the previous match they played. In September, Barca beat Valencia 5:2. However, Valencia did manage to score in every duel with Barca in La Liga since 2015. Barca’s goal-scoring stretch is even longer… This is why BTS seems like a certainty here.
Our Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction: BTS
Valencia vs Barcelona Correct Score Prediction: 2:2
Valencia Form and Latest News
Valencia are not in a great form right now. Since the start of the year, they beat one game but lost two. They also have some problems with injuries, most notably with the fitness of Rodrigo and Garay.
Barcelona Form and Latest News
Although they are still at the top of the table, Barcelona’s board of directors is not too happy. They were unhappy with their previous manager, whose replacement Quique Setien made a not-too-impressive debut last weekend. On the bright side, Barca did play possession football in that game, reminiscent of the Guardiola days.
Valencia vs Barcelona Predicted Lineups
Valencia predicted lineup: Cillessen – Gabriel, Mangala, Jaume Costa, Gaya – Coquelin, Diakhaby, Parejo, Wass – Torres, Gomez
Barcelona predicted lineup: ter Stegen – Pique, Umtiti, Roberto, Alba – Busquets, Vidal, Puig – Messi, Fati, Griezmann
Other Valencia vs Barcelona betting tips:
Over 2.5 goals @1.50
First Half X @2.50
Lionel Messi to score anytime @1.76