Preview - Barcelona vs Valencia 14 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Apr 14, 2018, 08:55 AM

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Match Day 30
Barcelona vs Valencia
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
23:15 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Barcelona: 
Last five matches form: W D W W L
Average goals per match: 2.55
Average goals against per match: 0.52
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (29)

Valencia:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Rodrigo Moreno (15)

The game most neutrals will be looking forward to seeing on Match Day 32 in La Liga comes at the Camp Nou as the runaway league leaders play host to third placed Valencia.

Ivan Rakitic is the main doubt for Barcelona ahead of this game, but they will likely be boosted by the return od Sergio Busquets to the side. The main question about Barca though is what frame of mind they will be in following the devastating Champions League exit at the hands of Roma in midweek.

Should Barca not be fully focussed here, they will likely pay the price as they meet a Valencia side who are in flying form at present. A run of eight wins and one draw in their last nine La Liga fixtures has seen Marcelino's men take a stranglehold on a Champions League position, relegating Real Madrid to fourth in the process and closing to within three points of second placed Atletico.

Barcelona do arrive here battered and bruised having thrown away that three goal advantage in midweek, but have been simply magnificent at home in La Liga this season, winning 13 of 15 and drawing the other two. With an unbeaten La Liga record to protect we expect them to be up and motivated for this one.

As well as Valencia are playing, Barcelona still look a cut above to us. They won the reverse 2-0 and are fancied to the double here.


Prediction: Barcelona  2 - 1 Valencia

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 12 - 17
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 62% - 38%

Referee Carlos del Cerro booked Gerard Pique for Barcelona, with Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia and Gabriel Paulista also seeing yellow.

There aren't many teams who travel to Camp Nou and manage to out-shoot Barcelona. That's only half the battle though and as much as Valencia tried, it was Barcelona who made their telling moment really count here.

End to end stuff from the kick off with chances for both sides before the deadlock was broken in the 15th minute. Philippe Coutinho playing a delightful ball into the path of Luis Suarez that cut the Valencia defence to shreds. First time finish by Suarez into the bottom corner. 1-0.

Valencia were having their moments, but mainly from range. Then in the 23rd minute Marc-Andre Ter Stegen produced a simply sensational save to deny a Rodrigo volley from around 10 yards. Wow. 1-0 at half-time.

Barca's second came in the 51st minute. Coutinho's corner from the right being met with a powerful header into the near bottom corner by Samuel Umtiti. Although it must be said that Neto's effort at saving it wasn't the best.

Valencia continued to press, and Rodrigo was a little unlucky once again soon after, beating the keeper this time but having his effort cleared off the line.

Valencia did get their goal, but not until the 87th minute and it came from the penalty spot. Ousmane Dembele upending Jose Gaya in the box and Daniel Parejo converting the kick, but only just as the ball somehow squirmed under Ter Stegen. 2-1 final score.

Back on track at the first attempt for Barcelona after that midweek disappointment in the Champions League. Still on course for what would be a remarkable unbeaten season in La Liga with only six games to tick off the list now.

Only a slight blow to Valencia really who certainly weren't disgraced here and should remain rightly proud of their recent run. Champions League football next term is all but assured.

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