Barcelona have a chance to start building some momentum over the busy Christmas period in this midweek fixture. The Blaugrana are off to Castile and Leon to play Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla on Tuesday night, with the home team struggling near the bottom of the La Liga table yet coming into some form.
Where and when: Estadio Jose Zorrilla – 22 December, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Real Valladolid vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports
Last time: Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game, as Barcelona beat Valladolid 1-0 at this ground in July.
Real Valladolid v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona may be desperately searching for form and consistency right now, but the Catalan giants have a good opportunity to get three points on the board in their final fixture before Christmas. Real Valladolid are the opponents for Ronald Koeman’s side, and how their owner, Ronaldo, would love it if his team could upset the odds in this game.
Valladolid are toiling at the wrong end of the table, hovering around the relegation places after only winning three of their opening 13 La Liga fixtures. However, they’ve found some form of late and with the division very bunched up, only a handful of points separate bottom place and the top half of the table at present.
A victory in this game would be huge for the Pucela, and they look a lot more capable of getting it right now compared to earlier in the season. The Blanquivioletas failed to win any of their first eight games this term, but rallied to win four times in six league and cup matches prior to their trip to Sevilla on Saturday.
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Valladolid’s only defeat during that run came against Atletico Madrid, and there’s a good chance they’ll come unstuck once again when playing one of the big boys. Barcelona have their problems, but they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games against Valladolid, scoring 35 goals in those 12 victories and conceding only five.
Koeman has struggled to settle into his role at the Nou Camp, but Barca did record back-to-back victories ahead of their clash with Valencia at the weekend. One of those was against early pacesetters Real Sociedad, where the Catalans showed good character to win from behind.
Barcelona are predominantly grinding out their wins at the moment rather than producing emphatic performances and putting teams to bed early on. Valladolid have every chance of staying in this contest for much of the game, but the home team are still the 15/2 underdogs with William Hill. The visitors are the 11/25 favourites in this Real Valladolid v Barcelona preview, with the draw priced at 4/1.
One to watch for Real Valladolid: Oscar Plano has laid on four assists for his team mates so far this season, but Valladolid need more goals from the Spaniard. He only has one in 13 La Liga appearances this term, and is 14/1 to double his tally with the opener on Tuesday night.
One to watch for Barcelona: The coming days, weeks and months are going to be monumental for Lionel Messi, and potentially for the entire landscape of European football. Concentrating on these Real Valladolid predictions, the Argentine is the 9/4 favourite to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Four of the last five meetings between these clubs have ended 1-0, with Barcelona winning on three occasions. The visitors beat Levante by the same scoreline last week, and are 8/1 to win this game 1-0. With Messi getting the goal – as he did against Levante – those odds rise to 25/1. If you fancy the upset, Valladolid are 25/1 to win 1-0.