Valencia vs Barcelona 12/05/2015 La Liga Preview, Odds and Predictions
Barcelona vs Valencia
Saturday 5th December 2015 14:30 (ET)
The Line: Valencia 8/1 Draw 4/1 Barcelona 1/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; Bein Sports
Gary Neville starts his managerial career tomorrow in Valencia, his first game is of course against Barcelona a team that has won seven in a row scoring a twenty eight and conceding just two goals in that period. Doesnt get much tougher than that. Did I mention that Barcelona have a front three of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, all three should be shortlisted for the Balon D'or but Suarez will miss out due to his previous indiscretions biting opponents. This Barcelona team are almsot unplayable at the moment, they play a brillinat brand of football and in Messi they have one of the two best footballers on the planet. Luis Enrique has done a magnificent job here with Barcelona and they look almost untouchable at the moment but football is a strange game and there tends to be a bit of luck attached to managers first game in charge.
Could Gary Neville benefit from this luck? I think he'll have to if his team is to get anything from this game. Although with that said Valencia are unbeaten at home in the league since losing 1-0 to Barcelona in November 2014. Valencia have struggled at times this season but are just five points from fourth and a Champions League spot. That has to be the aim for Neville and Valencia. There are some good players in this squad with Alcacaer after playing his way into the starting line up for Spain that shows the type of talent we're talking about. Negredo may miss out through injury and Piatti may also miss out having picked up a knock but the Argentine is expected to be on the bench at the least.
While its impossible to go against Barcelona straight up I think that taking Valencia +2 on the handicap here looks like a solid bet. Valencia may set up a defensive system here and frustrate Barcelona but given Barcelona's form it's hard to see them not winning this game. I'm going to take Gary Neville's new side Valencia +2 and hope that the hostile atmosphere of the Mestalla along with a new manager inspire Valencia to a terrific performance.