Barcelona will be targeting their third successive win in La Liga this weekend to recover from their dismal start. The home side welcomes inconsistent Valencia at Camp Nou. The match schedules for Saturday with kickoff at 615 pm.
Ronald Koeman’s side has won their last two games in the La Liga to move fifth on the table. On the other hand, Valencia currently occupies the 12th position having won only three of their 13 league games this season.
It is without any dispute that Barcelona continues to struggle in La Liga to regain their form over the years. The side’s poor start has seen them drop points in half of their 12 matches while suffering four defeats in the process.
The Catalan giants have picked six points from their last six games while overcoming Levante last weekend before recording a 2-1 home victory at Real Sociedad on Wednesday. Jordi Alba and De Jong were on the scoresheet last weekend.
The win saw the side climb to fifth on the table while being six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. However, Diego Simone’s side has a game in hand. The task remains on the team to pull their socks.
Consistency has been a major battle for Barcelona this season while managing to pick 14 points from their last 13 matches. The side currently sits 12th on the table ahead of their next set of fixtures.
Barcelona vs. Valencia Head to Head
Both sides have 38 games against each other with Barcelona taking home 19 wins while Valencia with seven wins. Here is a look at their previous encounter:
Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad
Barcelona 1-0 Levante
Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona
Ferencvarosi TC 0-3 Barcelona
Terrassa 2-4 Valencia
Valencia 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
Eibar 0-0 Valencia
Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Deportivo Alaves 2-2 Valencia
Barcelona Team News
Ronald Koeman will be unable to call upon Ansu Fati, Gerrard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele due to respective injuries. Clement Lenglet sets to replace Oscar Mingueza in the middle of the defence. Pedri and Greizzman set to maintain their spots in the attack with Coutinho starting on the bench.
Valencia Team News
Kevin Gameiro and Jasper Cillessen remain unavailable due to injuries while Toni Lato will not be involved in the match. Jose Gaya returns from a hamstring injury. Mouctar Diakhaby will get the nod ahead of Eliaquim Mangala.
Prediction and Odds
Despite their inconsistencies this season, Valencia might pull up a surprise at Camp Nou this Saturday.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 3.5