Valencia – Barcelona : Preview & Prediction
Thursday at the Estadio de Mestalla, when Valencia receives the visit of Barcelona, in game corresponding to the return for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey of Spain, in a series that at the moment is being won by Barcelona 1-0 thanks to the goal of Luis Suárez.
News from Valencia
The moment of Valencia has been seen in the last games, so those led by Marcelino come to lose 1-0 in his visit to Atlético de Madrid and in this way they added a streak of five consecutive defeats taking into account all the competitions, true that three of these defeats were against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, but losing to Alavés and Las Palmas is a clear sign of the productive downturn that has had a team that began fighting for the first place in the league and is now third with a difference of eighteen points below the leader Barcelona.
This Thursday are determined to change history in the Copa del Rey, but the fact of not being able to score in the first leg makes the picture quite complicated, since a goal from Barcelona may be the sentence for the “che” team.
For their part, those led by Ernesto Valverde once again suffered during their visit to the RCDE Stadium and thus after losing in the first leg of the previous stage of the Copa del Rey against Espanyol, the last weekend they suffered to get the tie. to one, although clear in that game again Messi came out on the bench, making it clear that the priority at this time is to maintain the reign in the Copa del Rey.
But despite tying, the Blaugrana cast added its fifth game without losing taking into account all the competitions, where four of them were victories, but the best thing is that it remains firm in the first place of the League with a difference of 18 points over his closest pursuers and this gives him peace of mind to face the other competitions and one of them is the Copa del Rey where he wants to continue maintaining the title of champion.
The numbers in terms of direct confrontations widely favor a Barcelona that has won 29 games of the 56 games played, by just 12 of Valencia, although his last visits to Mestalla have not been entirely pleasant, since he has only been able to win in one of his last four visits where three were draws.
Forecast Valencia – Barcelona
The Blaugrana cast is determined to win everything this season, in the League has a difference of 18 points and this way you have secured the title unless a real catastrophe happens, winning the game on Thursday puts it in the Cup final del Rey where he will face the winner of Sevilla vs Leganés (not so complicated opponents) and in the European Champions League he is alive.
For this game Valverde is expected to start with everything in particular with Messi from the start, and is that he knows that the 1-0 of the first leg forced Valencia to have to go out to match at least that difference and the problems shown in defense in the last games because Messi and company can increase them. Therefore, despite the fact that Barcelona has a draw, we will trust in his victory for this game.
Valencia – Barcelona : Betting Tips
Barcelona – Win Odds: 1.65
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70