Valencia 8-12-13, Barcelona 22-5-6
5/2/21 3 pm
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Valencia is welcoming Barcelona to Mestalla in round 34 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Valencia is in full rebuild mode this season, well, forced rebuild since they sold almost all of their veteran players, but they are outside the relegation zone, and that is all that matters to them. Valencia is in 14th place with 36 points, but they haven’t won any of their last 5 games while winning only 1 of their last 7 games. Valencia has conceded at least 1 goal in each of those 7 games, while scoring in 6 of those 7 games, and at least that is going their way. In their last game against Alaves at home, Valencia has had 53% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 82% of the correct passes. This was a rough game with a lot of yellow cards, and Alaves got ahead in the 84th minute. Luckily for Valencia, they were able to tie the score in the 89th minute, and the final result of this match was 1-1. Soler is the leading goalscorer for Valencia with only 8 goals, while Gaya added 6 assists. Cillessen is the only injured player for Valencia at the moment. Overall, I think this was a solid season for Valencia, and I think they are happy with it, but they really need to invest in some players to get this club back to its glory days.
Even when they lose, Barcelona is playing well, but their latest loss could cost them a lot. Earlier this week, Barcelona has had the chance to take over the top of the table, and they failed. Barcelona was hosting Granada in that match, and they were dominant with a massive 81% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a high 91% of the correct passes. Despite leading 1-0 at halftime, and having a lot of good chances, Barcelona was somehow managed to concede 2 goals in the second half, and they ended up losing this game 1-2. Barcelona is still in the title run, but they will need to beat Atletico Madrid next week and win all the other games they will play. Barcelona is the best offensive team in the league, and Messi is their leading goalscorer with 26 goals and 8 assists, while Griezmann added 11 goals and 7 assists. Coutinho and Braithwaite are still injured for Barcelona, while Griezmann, Messi, De Jong, and Mingueza are all in danger of being suspended, and that wouldn’t be good if they do get another yellow card. Barcelona is playing well, but for the next two games they will be without Koeman on the bench because of a red card to him, but Barcelona is a good team, and they know they need to win.
Valencia hasn’t won any of their last 5 games, but they also haven’t lost in their last 8 home games. Barcelona must win this game, and they are playing well, but this game will be anything but easy for Barcelona. I will take Barcelona on the road because they can’t afford to make a mistake again.