Valencia at FC Barcelona
|Date & Time||Saturday February 2, 2019, 12:30 PM (EST)|
FC Barcelona: -1.5 (-125) / FC Barcelona -1000 / Valencia +600 / Valencia: 1.5 (+100)
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Barcelona is set to host Valencia in round 22 of Spanish LaLiga on Saturday.
Barcelona is the best team by far this season in Spain and are playing amazing form at the moment. Just a few days ago Barcelona played second leg match of Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinals against Sevilla. In first leg Barcelona lost 2-0mso they needed a win here to move on to the semifinals and not only did they win but Barcelona completely dominated and beat Sevilla 6-1. Barcelona played a totally different style of soccer compared to the first leg with more possession, more opportunities, more passing and they were more focused on the defensive end. Messi is the leader of this Barcelona team and he scored 19 goals in 19 matches and has added 10 assists. Rafinha, Umtiti and Dembele are injured while Busquests is suspended because of yellow cards. Even though these are some important players who won’t play for Barcelona’s team, they have enough good players on the bench to get the job done. Barcelona holds first place on the table with 49 points, 58 scored goals and only 21 conceded goals in 21 games.
Valencia is a team that started this season slowly but are finally showing what they are capable of. Valencia has only 1 loss in last 4 games and are holding 7th place which is only 3 points away from spot that guarantees European League qualifications. Parejo leads Valencia with 5 goals in 19 games. Kondogbia, Diakhaby and Sobriano will not be playing this game. Compared to the beginning of the season Valencia has shown massive improvement in both defending and attacking part of the game, and are finally being able to score and keep the ball out of the net. Valencia as a team is playing very balanced soccer with not too many chances and they are mainly focusing in playing through the middle of the field. Valencia’s away record is 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses with only 8 scored goals.
Barcelona is expected to play with their best players and that is why I don’t give Valencia to much chance of winning this match.