Barcelona and Real Valladolid supporters must wait until Monday night for their teams to return to La Liga action following the recent international break. It’s a big game at both ends of the La Liga table, but there’s only one team expected to get the win they need.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 5 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Clement Lenglet, Martin Braithwaite and Lionel Messi were on target as Barcelona beat Valladolid 3-0 at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla a few days before Christmas.
Barcelona v Real Valladolid Predictions and Preview
Barcelona are looking to keep up the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid when they entertain Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp on Monday. With Atleti and Real Madrid in action prior to this game, the Blaugrana will know exactly what three points will do for their title chances come kick off here.
Barca will go in search of their sixth successive victory over Valladolid under the Catalonian night sky, having netted 11 goals in those five most recent wins. Barcelona have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between these clubs, with Valladolid’s 1-0 triumph in March 2014 the only time they’ve avoided defeat during that run.
You have to go all the way back to 1997 to find the Pucela’s last win at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have won 10 of their 13 meetings at the stadium since, including each of the last seven. The Blaugrana have scored 26 goals over those seven games at an average of 3.7 per game, conceding only four at the other end.
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Barcelona to win and BTTS
Barcelona to win 3-1
Messi to score first
Ronald Koeman’s side may have exited the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain last month, but they’re unbeaten in 18 in La Liga. The Catalan giants have won 15 of those matches, including each of their last six prior to the break, where they scored 17 goals at an average of 3.4 per game.
That run brought Barca to within four points of league leaders Atletico, who they’ve now played the same number of games as. Koeman’s way of playing is clearly working well at the moment, and the hosts are the hot favourites to win on Monday at 2/13 in these Barcelona v Real Valladolid predictions.
The visitors are 20/1 with William Hill, while even the draw looks unlikely at 8/1. In addition to their awful record against Barcelona, Valladolid are struggling near the foot of the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Sergio’s side have only won one of their last 11 La Liga fixtures, losing four. Los Blanquivioletas have only won away from home twice all season, and improving on that at the Nou Camp looks highly improbable. The smart money in this game goes on a convincing home win, as Barcelona continue to mount a serious title charge.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is La Liga’s top scorer with 23 goals in 26 games, with the Argentine contributing a further eight assists. He looks to have put thoughts regarding his future to one side and is the 11/5 favourite to open the scoring on Monday.
One to watch for Real Valladolid: What Valladolid would do to have a goalscorer half as capable as their owner, former Barcelona player Ronaldo. Fabian Orellana is their joint top scorer with just four goals in 25 appearances, and 20/1 to break the deadlock here.