Spain LaLiga Betting Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia

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The derby of Round 4 will be played at Camp Nou, and here you can have a look at our Spain LaLiga Betting Preview for the tilt between Barcelona and Valencia. Barca are a strong favourite in this one but will be without talismanic Argentinean Leo Messi, and Blaugrana are far from being impressive when Messi doesn’t play. Valencia, on the other hand, is visiting Catalonia just days after they sacked Marcelino and hired Albert Celades. This move raised eyebrows, and Valencia’s fans are not happy with it.

Barcelona vs Valencia Spain LaLiga Betting Preview

  • Spain LaLiga
  • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Saturday 14 September
  • 21:00 CET

Barcelona Team News and Latest Form

Barcelona dropped two points at Osasuna as they conceded a late penalty in the previous round. It is now four league matches without a clean sheet for Blaugrana while the champions also allowed the first goal in the opening 20 minutes on three occasions in that span.

Barcelona don’t have such problems at home though, winning eight straight LL games at Camp Nou. Half (four) of those produced a winning margin of exactly two goals, with Barcelona’s final goal coming after the 80th minute each time.

Antoine Griezmann scored a brace in his last LaLiga home match, seeing his goals separated by less than ten playing minutes, with goals either side of half-time. Four of Barcelona’s previous six LL goals arrived between the 45th and 60th minute.

Ernesto Valverde still cannot count on his star forward Lionel Messi (calf), but it looks like Luis Suarez (calf) will be ready to face Valencia. Ousmane Dembele (muscle), Neto (broken hand), and Samuel Umtiti (foot) are sidelined for this tilt.

Valencia Team News and Latest Form

Valencia entered the international break with a two-goal win over Mallorca. Three of Valencia’s previous five league games have seen the home side on the day win the first half by a one-goal difference and go on to keep the net intact in the second 45 minutes.

Los Ches failed to collect any points from the last three LaLiga away matches in which they have allowed the first goal. A 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid is within that sequence, which is the last part of an extensive winless league run away to the top three opponents of 2018/19 (D2, L8).

Dani Parejo bagged a brace from the penalty spot in his team’s most recent victory, and also scored a penalty in Valencia’s latest visit to Camp Nou. Valencia avoided a loss in over three-quarters (77.78%) of their 2018/19 league games when entered as an away underdog (W3, D4, L2).

Valencia sacked Marcelino who won Copa del Rey last year which was the first trophy in 11 years. He also got the team to the fourth place in the league and secured Champions League. The Bats appointed Albert Celades instead.

Barcelona vs Valencia Head to Head

Barcelona won five of the last ten H2H duels (D3, L2), but are without a victory in the previous three. Valencia were better in the most recent encounter as they defeated Barca in Copa del Rey final. Blaugrana won three of the past five meetings at Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs Valencia Spain LaLiga Betting Preview

Even though they changed head coach, Valencia have a chance tonight. Barcelona are not dominant without Messi, and their defence is also struggling lately. That’s why I am backing Valencia to cover the +1.5 spread at 1.64 (-156). They managed to cover it in five of the last six visits to Camp Nou, and I am going with them to do it in this one as well. You can check out our other betting tips for this weekend.  

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