Valencia at Barcelona
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Camp Nou)
Barcelona -225, Valencia +600, Over 2.5 (-188), Under 2.5 (+150) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Barcelona is welcoming Valencia in a derby match of round 4 in Spanish LaLiga.
Barcelona has been without Messi since the beginning of the season and is struggling on both ends of the field. With 1 loss, 1 win and 1 draw, this is one of the worst starts for Barcelona in years despite having some of the biggest soccer stars like Griezman, Dembele, de Jong, Busquets and Pique in their team. In their last game against Osasuna, Barcelona was dominant with 75% of ball possession, but only 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 87% of correct passes. Barcelona fell behind early in 7th minute but was able to turn it around with goals from Fati and Arthur but Osasuna came back with a goal from a penalty spot in 81st minute and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Griezman leads Barcelona with 2 goals while Roberto and Perez added 2 assists each. Messi and Neto are both injured while Suarez and Dembele are still questionable. This international break might be a good thing for Barcelona and their players to get some focus and get in a better form by playing for their national teams and I believe we can expect different Barcelona from now on. There was a lot of rumors around Barcelona and Neymar who wanted to come back from PSG this summer but PSG has rejected every offer that came their way including players like Rakitic, Dembele, and Coutinho who ended up in Bayern Munich in the end. All of those rumors have done nothing but harm to Barcelona and the whole squad and that is the main reason for this slow start of the season. Now that transfer window is over, coach Valverde can finally get to work and get the best possible lineup out there and get this team back on the winning track.
Valencia is in a complete mess for the last week and both general manager and head coach Marcelino were fired by the owner. In their last game against Mallorca, Valencia was solid with 50% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, and 87% of correct passes and was able to win this game 2-0 with two goals from penalty kicks. Valencia has scored only 3 goals if first three matches and is struggling to create goal chances, and with the coach who got them into Champion League gone, I don't think those struggles will go away anytime soon. Dani Parejo has scored 2 goals while Kevin Gameiro has added 1 goal. Soler and Piccini are both injured and are not expected to play in this match. Valencia was playing great soccer with lots of plays through their wings and was a very exciting team to watch. I'm afraid this season will be the opposite and Valencia will struggle for most of the season. Even though Valencia has some great players like Rodrigo, Gomez, Soler, Guedes, and Parejo, Valencia's problem is their management and their owner who is in great relations with soccer agent Jorge Mendes and is buying most of the players which his company represents and most of those players were a total miss. It's still early in the season and there is time to turn things around, but if you fire the coach that has brought you into Champions League, that doesn't sit well with players or fans.
Barcelona is missing Messi and that is clear, but despite that, they are a better team than Valencia. Barcelona hasn't lost any of their last 4 home games against Valencia and I see the same happening here.