All roads will be headed to Camp Nou this weekend when Barcelona play host to Valencia in what is expected to be the most enticing Laliga fixture this weekend. This comes after the Catalan giants dropped points in their last Laliga fixture against Osasuna. This match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 14th September 2019 starting 20:00GMT.
Without their tactical and talismanic, Leo Messi, Barcelona seems lost of ideas and very beatable as experienced in their 2-2 draw against Laliga newcomers, Osasuna. Thanks to the healing of time, we expect Messi and Luis Suarez to have recovered in time to do their miracles for their team. With 3 games played into the 2019/2020 season, Barcelona has lost 1, won 1 and drew in 1.
Los Che is banking on the absence of Lionel Messi to force even a draw. However, Valencia is not regarded as good travelers hence they are likely to have a hard time at Camp Nou. Valencia had a low start to the season with their first match being a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad. The second match saw them drop 3 points to Celta Vigo in a 0-1 Loss. However, they managed to salvage their image in their third match of the season by beating Mallorca 2-0.
The Catalans have managed to make their Camp Nou a real fortress over the years. With Valencia not considered their best while on the road, a home win should be considered. Barcelona is also likely to get their revenge against Valencia for their 2018/2019 Copa del Rey loss.
Barcelona vs. Valencia Head to Head
Teams Barcelona and Valencia have gone against each other in a record 51 matches. Of their 51 matches played, Barcelona has won 25 times. Valencia, on the other hand, has won 11 matches while 15 matches ended in a draw. Here is a look into the two sides’ 8 most recent matches and how each scored:
- Barcelona 1-2 Valencia
- Barcelona 2-2 Valencia
- Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
- Barcelona 2-1 Valencia
- Valencia 0-2 Barcelona
- Barcelona 1-0 Valencia
- Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
- Barcelona 4-2 Valencia
Barcelona banks a lot to have Messi and Luis Suarez on their squad for the fixture. However, the services of Neto and Ousmane Dembele are out of reach for the Saturday fixture for the Catalan giants.
Valencia will miss the services of Álvaro Medrán and Carlos Soler who are nursing back and ankle injuries respectively.
Prediction and Odds
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Barcelona seems to be having a hard time without Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. With Antoine Griezmann still being oriented to Barcelona, their ship seems to be shaky. However, there are high expectations that Leo will be back in action by then. Barcelona is looking forward to use the opportunity to punish Valencia for defeating them 1-2 in the 2018/2019 Copa del Rey final. Here are our best predictions for the outcome of the match:
- Barcelona to win
- Both teams to score
- Over 1.5 goals on fulltime