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Valencia vs. Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
23 January 2020
Saturday 25 January
Mestalla – La Liga
Reigning champions Barcelona have been out of form as of late, but are still relying on moments of brilliance from Lionel Messi to get them out of trouble, can Valencia stop them picking up three points at the Mestalla?
This fixture ended in a 1-1 draw last season between the sides when Messi cancelled out Ezequiel Garay’s opener for Los Che.
Earleir this season Barca beat Valencia 5-2 at Camp Nou with goals from Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and a Luis Suarez brace. Kevin Gameiro and Maximilliano Gomez were on target for Valencia.
Barcelona could welcome back midfielder Arthur. The Brazilian has been out since December but is closing in on a return, he will be assessed closer to match day to determine whether he will play at the Mestalla. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could also make his comeback against Valencia due to having a groin strain.
Valencia meanwhile have midfielder Dani Parejo under a suspension after he was sent off against Mallorca.
Valencia vs. Barcelona Preview and Predictions
Barcelona got off to a winning start under new coach Quique Setien, and will hope to continue that run with a away against Valencia. They played well against Granada but struggled to get through a massed defence until Messi – of course – got on the end of a slick passing move to break the deadlock.
Valencia, meanwhile, were soundly beaten at Real Mallorca. They went down to 10 men when Parejo was sent off but the score was already 3-0 to Mallorca at that point, with the tie ending 4-1 in favour of the island side. Albert Celades’ side need to get back to winning ways quickly if they’re to earn a European place come the end of the season.
It’s still too early to tell what Setien’s Barca will look like but as long as Messi is part of it, they’re a hugely dangerous proposition. Barca go to Mestalla at 1.66 to win, with a home victory at 4.75 and even a draw at 4.30.
Over 3.5 goals at 2.35
There were seven goals the last time the teams met – and Setien is a more enterprising coach than the man he replaced, Ernesto Valverde. The best form of defence against Barca is to attack.
Barca to win and both teams to score at 2.75
Barca can score at will, but they are also vulnerable at the back. Expect Valencia to score, but ultimately lose the game to the Catalans.