Valencia vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Valencia vs Barcelona in La Liga.
Valencia vs Barcelona Match Preview
It is the top of the table clash in La Liga but neither of the Madrid teams are in fray. It is going to be the surprise package Valencia who take on Barcelona in this crucial game. This Valencia vs Barcelona fixture is scheduled for Sunday, November 26 at the Estadio de Mestalla, so read the betting preview, betting tips and predictions for this match.
No one would have predicted that Valencia will be the top competitors for the La Liga title after 12 games, but their form over the past couple of months has been inspiring. The hosts have 30 pts (W9, D3, L0) and are one of the three teams in La Liga yet to register a loss. Whatever may be the result, they will remain second after this Valencia vs Barcelona fixture, but the hosts will look to reduce the gap at the top and underline their title credentials. With 32 goals, Los Che have been one of the top goal-scoring teams in La Liga and only Barcelona (33) have scored more than them. Marcelino has transformed the fortunes of this club and no matter what happens in this fixture, Valencia will continue to impact the title race this year.
Barcelona have shrugged off the pre-season talk about Neymar’s absence hurting their prospects and are galloping so far. They have failed to pick up full points in only one game (against Atletico Madrid) and have the maximum points (34), maximum wins (11), no losses, maximum goals scored (33) and least goals conceded (4) after 12 matches. Ten points separate them from arch rivals Real Madrid although Valencia is a tough cookie this season. Ernesto Valverde has rested Lionel Messi in the midweek draw at Juventus in the group phase of Champions League and should have him rejuvenated for this clash. However, injuries could hamper their charge in this encounter.
Valencia vs Barcelona H2H
Barcelona haven’t lost on their last ten trips to Valencia (W5, D5) while the last win for Valencia at home against Barcelona came way back in 2007. The overall record stands in Barcelona’s advantage (W28, D14, L12) while the last 20 fixtures were completely dominated by the Catalans (W13, D5, L2)
Valencia vs Barcelona Team News
For Valencia, Jason Murillo is unavailable which will be a worry. Simone Zaza will start before taking treatment on a long-standing injury.
Barcelona will be without the suspended Gerard Pique while Javier Mascherano misses out due to an injury. The other usual absentees continue to remain out of action for the visitors.
Valencia vs Barcelona Probable Line-ups
Valencia: Neto, Montoya, Paulista, Garay, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes, Zaza, Moreno.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Vermaelen, Umtiti, Alba, Alcacer, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi.
Valencia vs Barcelona Predictions
Both sides are missing their regular defenders and have an aggressive frontline. This could mean goals at both ends and over 3.5 goals look to be a betting tip considering the form of the two sides. With both sides expected to go for a win – Barcelona want to extend their lead at the top while Valencia want to prove they are genuine title contenders – backing both sides to find the net is a good betting prediction as well.