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FC Barcelona vs. Valencia - 5/25/19 Copa del Rey Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Valencia at FC Barcelona
Date & Time Saturday May 25, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Benito Villamarin
Seville, Spain
The Line
FC Barcelona: -1.5 (+105) / FC Barcelona -625 / Valencia +425 / Valencia: 1.5 (-133)
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Barcelona and Valencia are playing the final match of Spanish Copa del Rey.

Barcelona has finished the season strong and has once again won LaLiga title with 87 points, 11 points more than Atletico Madrid. With 90 scored goals and 36 conceded goals, Barcelona was the best offensive team and second-best defensive team in LaLiga. In their final LaLiga match against Eibar, Barcelona had 61% of ball possession but only 3 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks and 86% of correct passes and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Messi was LaLiga’s top goal scorer with 36 goals and 13 assists in while Suarez was just behind him with 21 goals. Barcelona was playing great soccer throughout the season both in LaLiga and Champions League, until that disaster against Liverpool where Barcelona lost 4-0 and got knocked out of Champions League. Barcelona will be without their star goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in this final game alongside Suarez and Rafinha while Dembele is listed as questionable. Coach Valverde has been confirmed as a head coach for next season as well and Barcelona has already started rebuilding their team with some young superstars like De Jong while De Light and Griezman are close to signing the deal with Barca.

Valencia was one of the nicest surprises in LaLiga this season with 61 points which was enough for 4th place. After a rocky start of the season, Valencia has started playing nice and compact soccer with a strong midfield and is deservedly in Copa del Rey finals. With 51 score goals, Valencia is in the top 5 offensive teams in LaLiga. In their last LaLiga game against Valladolid, Valencia had 51% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal and 86% of correct passes and has won this game 0-2 which brought them to 4th place and Champions League. Dani Parejo is Valencia’s best player and a top goal scorer with 9 goals and is expected to lead Valencia once again in this final match. Garay and Cheryshev are both injured and will not play and this could be a problem for Valencia because both of them are important players for this team. Coach Marcelino is a great choice for Valencia and both player and fans love him and he will lead Valencia next season as well. Valencia isn’t playing overly attractive or offensive soccer, instead the focus on controlling the midfield and from there are playing fast counter-attacks through their wingers. Valencia has finished this season in good form with 2 wins and 5 scored goals.

Both Barcelona and Valencia are in good form and both teams will do everything in their power to win this competition but I think that quality is on Barcelona’s side despite them not having their starting goalkeeper and for that season I see Barcelona winning this match and another title.

FC Barcelona: -1.5 (+105)

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