Spanish champions and early league leaders Barcelona will look to bounce back from three disappointing domestic results but face a massive test away to Valencia. The Blaugrana are slight favourites despite their poor form and the toughness of the fixture.
Where and when: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia – 7 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Valencia vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Barcelona edged out Valencia at the Camp Nou in April thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti – who is unavailable for this game – but were held to a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla last November. The Blaugrana also won both Copa del Rey semi-final legs last season.
|Both Teams to Score||8/15||Offer|
|Valencia double chance||5/4||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||13/8||Offer|
Valencia vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona remain at the top of the early La Liga table despite stumbling in each of their last three games – being held by Girona and Athletic Club Bilbao either side of a shock loss at Leganes.
Ernesto Valverde’s men had won all four previous league games despite looking far from their peak and will be desperate to return to winning ways here to end their rut.
Valencia finally won their first match of the season in their last league outing (a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad) having drawn five of their first six league outings.
The away side are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 7/10, with Valencia priced at 7/2 and the draw available at 16/5.
This is likely to be a cagey affair with Valencia scoring just once (a consolation) in their last three meetings against Barca, while both sides are expected to approach this game with caution.
Under 2.5 goals at 13/8 appears to offer value, while Under 1.5 goals is at 19/4.
However, the last six of these ties in La Liga have seen both teams scoring with two of the last three meetings at the Mestalla ending 1-1, while odds of Both Teams to Score here are at 8/15.
A ‘double chance’ on Valencia to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 5/4 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/7.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 7/5.
One to watch for Valencia: Rodrigo Moreno netted in this fixture last season and has gone from strength to strength with club and country since. He will once again be hoping to influence this fixture.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi netted 34 goals in 36 La Liga outings last season and already has five in seven this time around. He has scored in each of his last five games against Athletic.
Long shot: A mere five goals have gone in across Los Che’s last five games while Barca have also been out of form in an attacking sense recently. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 23/1.