Preview - Real Valladolid vs Barcelona 26 August 18

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Match Day 2
Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
Sunday, August 26th, 2018
05:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio José Zorilla

Real Valladolid: 
Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.60
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.14
Top Scorer 17/18: Pablo Hervias & Óscar Plano (6)

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.61
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Lionel Messi (34)

Real Valladolid had a positive start to life back in La Liga when picking up a point away at Girona. Things may be a little tougher this week though as it is champions Barcelona who come calling in their first home game of the season.

Barcelona took a while to break the deadlock in their season opener against Deportivo Alavés, but ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the end.

Real Valladolid's main concern this season will likely be how to replace the goals of prolific hitman Jaime Mata who has now moved on to Getafe. Loan signing Enes Ünal and Duje Cop will be expected to take up much of the slack. Both may have to make do with a place on the bench though if Valladolid adopt a "Park The Bus"" approach here.

Sergi Samper is the only confirmed absentee for Barcelona, with Philippe Coutinho expected to start following his cameo from the bench last week.

In theory there wont be many bigger class differentials between two sides in La Liga this season, and its hard to envisage anything other than a Barcelona win here. Valladolid did show enough defensive solidity in their opening game to suggest they may be able to stop Barca running riot though, so this shouldn't be a landslide.

Prediction: Real Valladolid 0 - 2 Barcelona


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 -10
Possession: 37% - 63%

Just the one booking for each side in this one. Enes Unal of Real Valladoli joining Barcelona's Gerard Pique in the notebook of referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea.

Barcelona went with all their attacking big guns here, with Philippe Coutinho being restored to the starting line-up. They weren't able to run riot though.

Real Vallodolid can come out of this game with their heads held high. The La Liga new boys unsurprisingly couldn't live with Barcelona when it came to ball retention, but they narrowly outshot their visitors and it certainly wouldn't have been a huge injustice had they managed to come away from this one with a point.

Valladolid matched Barcelona in the opening period - certainly in terms of clear chances - with the promising Enes Unal twice forcing Marc Andre Ter Stegen into making a smart stop.

Ousmane Dembele was looking lively for Barcelona but despite getting into a number of promising positions, he was all too often let down by his final shot or pass.  0-0 at the interval.

It was Dembele who did finally find that finishing touch to hand Barcelona the lead in the 57th minute. Sergi Roberto doing well to reach a ball towards the back post, straining his neck muscles to head the ball back into the path of Dembele around eight yards from goal in the right hand side of the area. Good finish from the youngster to fire across the keeper and into the bottom left corner.

That goal certainly didn't open the floodgates though, and indeed Barcelona were unable to find another goal as their hosts battled all the way to the end. 0-1 final score.

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