Barcelona have already won one cup final in recent weeks, but they must treat every game from now to the end of the season in the same way. The Blaugrana have got themselves into a great position in the La Liga title race, with a trip to Valencia next up for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Where and when: Mestalla – 2 May, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Both teams led but they eventually shared the spoils in drawing 2-2 at the Nou Camp a week before Christmas.
Valencia v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona may have lost a crucial Clasico to Real Madrid the other week, but the Blaugrana have been let right back into the title race by both Real and Atletico Madrid. The two capital clubs can’t find their consistency in La Liga, with Barca aiming to use their Copa del Rey triumph as a springboard to further success.
Valencia have little left to play for with just five games of the season remaining. Los Che are down in 14th in the table, with no hope of European qualification and minimal threat of relegation hanging over them. However, Los Murcielagos did beat Barca 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture, and they are 37/5 to repeat that success this weekend.
The visitors are the 2/5 favourites with William Hill in these Valencia v Barcelona predictions though. The Catalans may have only won one of their last six matches against Los Che in league and cup, but they have hit some good form in recent weeks and are the odds-on favourites to continue their momentum with another three big points.
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They may be out of the Champions League, but the huge games are still coming thick and fast for Koeman and his players, with this match coming hot on the heels of Thursday’s key clash with Granada. With Atletico dropping seven points in their last five games and Real eight during the same spell, opportunity knocks for Barca.
The Blaugrana have been playing with confidence and authority since their Clasico defeat, thrashing Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final before putting five past Getafe and coming from behind to beat Villarreal. Barca are showing the form of champions as we reach the business end of the season, and that could be the deciding factor in the title race.
Two dropped points courtesy of a draw would be harmful to the visitors. Barca need to keep the pedal to the floor if they want to bring the La Liga trophy back to the Nou Camp later in May, with the stalemate on Sunday priced at 9/2 in the latest odds for this game.
One to watch for Valencia: Maxi Gomez netted Valencia’s equaliser in the first meeting between these teams this season, while he bagged both goals for Los Che in last term’s 2-0 victory at the Mestalla. The Uruguayan hasn’t netted since early January and is due a goal at 3/1 in the anytime scorer market.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi has scored plenty of goals since early January – 23 in fact. The Argentine is enjoying his football right now, in the face of incessant speculation surrounding his future, and is the 14/5 favourite to break the deadlock here.
Long shot: Barcelona’s only victory in the last six meetings between these clubs was a 5-2 triumph at the Nou Camp last season. The same scoreline here is 55/2 in these Valencia v Barcelona tips, while a repeat of Barca’s last La Liga victory at the Mestalla, a 3-2 win, is 19/1.