Barcelona are in need of some positivity as they welcome Valencia to the Nou Camp on Sunday. The Catalan giants have only lost once in La Liga so far this season, but they’re miles off the pace and have been playing some turgid football.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 17 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Valencia: La Liga TV
Last time: Lionel Messi (2) and Antoine Griezmann go the goals for Barcelona in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla in May, with Gabriel Paulista and Carlos Soler on target for Valencia.
Barcelona v Valencia Predictions and Preview
Not only do Barcelona have to cope with Messi this season, the Blaugrana cannot call on the services of Griezmann either. Ronald Koeman may finally be able to hand Sergio Aguero his long-awaited debut against Valencia this weekend though.
That would be a massive boost for Barca and their fans, who’ve had to endure some awful football this season. With Aguero coming into the fold, Ansu Fati back from injury, Pedri nearly fit again and Gavi setting tongues wagging during the recent Nations League finals, there may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel for the Catalans.
Despite their malaise, the home team come into this Barcelona v Valencia preview on the back of only one defeat in seven La Liga fixtures so far this term. However, Koeman’s side have drawn three times already, while that defeat came in incredibly disappointing fashion as they went down 2-0 at Atletico Madrid last time out.
It has therefore been a long international window for Barca, who are level on 12 points with visitors Valencia heading into this match. Los Che have played one game more than the Catalans though, losing that to have a worse record than their hosts here.
Los Murcielagos are without a win in their last four matches, losing to Real Madrid and Sevilla before draws with Athletic Bilbao and Cadiz. Like their opponents this weekend, Jose Bordalas’s side are not in a good moment and out at 29/5 for the win on Sunday.
In spite of their significant troubles, Barca are the heavy favourites for the win at 5/9. However given Valencia got a draw at the Nou Camp last season and have only lost two of their last seven games against Barca, winning twice themselves, another stalemate here could be worth a look at 7/2.
One to watch for Barcelona: Sergio Aguero making his debut would be a real morale-booster for the hosts, and he is 7/2 to mark it with the opening goal in these Barcelona v Valencia predictions.
One to watch for Valencia: Carlos Soler has scored three goals already this season, and after netting against Barca last season, is 14/1 to strike first this weekend.
Long shot: A 1-0 home win is 8/1 in these Barcelona v Valencia tips, with a narrow home win potentially the best Koeman can hope for. Those odds rise to 40/1 with Aguero getting the goal to cap a dream debut.