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Valencia vs. Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

30 April 2021

Sunday 2 April

Estadio de Mestella – La Liga

Jose Luis Gaya challenges Antoine Griezmann earlier in the season Source:Enric Fontcuberta/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Barcelona continue their late La Liga title charge as they travel to face Valencia on Sunday afternoon. Los Murcielagos are going through a miserable spell of results but have good form againt their visitors in recent years, which could be a factor in the mobile online betting.

Past Meetings

Valencia held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw when the sides met at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi and Ronald Aruajo on target for the hosts and Mouctar Diakhaby and Maxi Gomez scoring for the visitors.

Los Che, meanwhile, were victorious the last time this game was played at Mestalla, in January 2020, when a Gomez double settled the tie.

Team News

Maxi Gomez and Carlos Soler both returned at the weekend for Javi Gracia’s side and will spend this week improving their fitness. Denis Cheryshev is set to reclaim his place on the left flank with Gonzalo Guedes potentially taking the place of Kevin Gameiro up front. Thierry Correia is a long-term absence.

Ronald Koeman is likely to make changes following a mid-week match against Granada. Pedri looked tired at times at the weekend and may be rested with Ilaix Moriba and Riqui Puig all able to deputise in midfield. Phillipe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite and Ansu Fati are all side-lined through injury whilst Ousmane Dembele is struggling for fitness.

Valencia vs. Barcelona Preview and Predictions

Valencia host Barcelona this weekend as Javi Gracia’s side aim for their first win in six games. The signs are not good for the hosts, with Barcelona heavy favourites to take three points at 1.40. Valencia are priced at 7.00, while the draw is 5.50.

Los Murcielagos have one of the best records against the Blaugrana in recent years, having lost to Barcelona just once in their last six meetings, winning 2-0 in this fixture last years. Valencia’s fortunes have taken a turn for a worse this season as they sit in the bottom-half of the La Liga table but they will be encouraged by their form against the visitors.

Ronaldo Koeman’s side will be full of confidence themselves and go into Sunday’s game as La Liga’s most in-form side. Having looked well out of the title race in January, Barcelona’s recent run of results has seen them get within touching distance of the top spot.

In his first season as manager, it has taken Koeman a while to figure out his strongest XI. Having done so the manager has made few changes over the past few months benefitting from an early exit from the Champions League. Even so, signs of fatigue are becoming evident in the Barcelona squad with just four games left after Sunday’s match.

If Barcelona’s players remain fresh they should have no problem dismantling Valencia at the weekend. However, with a mid-week fixture adding to already tired legs, they may struggle to keep the likes of Maxi Gomez and Kevin Gameiro at bay.

Recommended Bets

Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.40

This would have paid off in four of the last five meetings between the sides, and this one has the hallmarks of a goal-heavy game too.

A draw at full-time at 5.50

Three of the last six meetings have ended in a draw. It’s hard to know which version of either of these sides will show up.