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Barcelona vs Valencia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
14 October 2021
Camp Nou – La Liga
Barcelona will be looking to get themselves back on track as they return to action at home to rivals Valencia this weekend. Ronald Koeman remains under pressure at the Camp Nou following a poor start to the 2021-22 season.
Barcelona picked up four points from their two games against Valencia last season, with Koeman’s side losing just one of their last 10 league games against Los Che. Follow the Spin Sports blog to discover if Koeman can pick up a key result as we delve deeper into the online football betting.
Koeman has a mixed back of injury news ahead of this weekend, with Ronald Araújo joining Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembélé on the sidelines after picking up an injury on international duty. However, midfield star Pedri could be fit in time, with Argentinian hitman Sergio Agüero potentially in line for his club debut after an injury-disrupted start to life in Barcelona.
Valencia head coach José Bordalás has more positive news on the injury front with José Gayà, Carlos Soler and Denis Cheryshev all passed fit to play.
Barcelona vs. Valencia Preview and Predictions
Koeman knows the pressure on his position has not eased during the international window, with key figures at the club still pushing for his dismissal. The Catalan giants head into this tie in ninth place in the La Liga table, with a damaging 2-0 defeat away at rivals Atlético Madrid ahead of the international break.
Valencia have endured a similarly miserable run of results in the opening weeks of 2021-22, recording no wins in their last four league games. Bordalás’ side have picked up just two points from those games, courtesy of successive draws against Athletic Bilbao and Cádiz ahead of the international break.
With both bosses under growing scrutiny ahead of the return to action, there is a strong chance of the two teams cancelling each other out this weekend, with a draw priced 4.45. Soler has been the key man for Valencia so far this season with three league goals to his name and his return to fitness will be key for the visitors in Catalonia.
A 1-1 draw at 10.50
A draw is likely to pile pressure on Koeman more than his opposite number Bordalás this weekend, with the Dutchman battling to save his job. However, the home side still look to be well short of full power so far this season.
Both teams to score at 1.83
Despite a mixed start to the season both teams have found goals easy to come by, with Barcelona netting 11 times in eight league games and Valencia scoring 12 in the same run of fixtures. Alongside that, Barcelona have managed to keep just one clean sheet on home soil in league action this season.