Preview - Valencia vs Barcelona 08 October 18

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Match Day 7
Valencia vs Barcelona
Monday, October 8th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mestalla

Last five matches form: D D D D W
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Five players on one goal

Last five matches form: W W D L D
Average goals per match: 2.57
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (5)

A big one at the Mestalla this weekend as Valencia - who have been underwhelming overall so far - play host to defending champions Barcelona.

Whilst Valencia haven't really pulled up any trees with their performances to date, one thing you can say about them is that they have certainly proven tough to beat, losing just one of their first seven La Liga outings this season. Again looking tough to break down when coming away from Old Trafford with a goalless draw in midweek, they likely wont make it easy for Barca here.

Indeed if Barcelona turn up in the same sort of form as they have been in in La Liga of late they may just come unstuck here. Their past three results being draws at home to Girona and Bilbao and a defeat away to lowly Legan├ęs. On a more positive note they were much more like their usual selves at Tottenham in the Champions' League in midweek when putting four past the London side.

No injury concerns for the hosts. Barcelona will be without Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto.

Barcelona did the double over Valencia last season, wining this game 2-0 and 2-1 at Camp Nou.

It's hard to have maximum faith in this Barcelona side at present, but whatever their failings they do remain the most naturally gifted side in La Liga and by a decent margin too. Valencia haven't won a game at home in La Liga yet this season and we don't expect them to start here. It's a Barca win for us.

Prediction: Valencia 1 - 3 Barcelona


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  11 - 12
Shots on target: 6 - 6
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 30% - 70%

Two bookings for each side at the Mestalla. Carlos Soler and Dani Parejo of the home side having their names taken by referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez. Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho the Barcelona men to see yellow.

Typical possession stats for a Barcelona game. The home side were more efficient when on the ball though and just about matched the defending champions when it came to the total shots and shots on target count.

A dream start for Valencia who found themselves in front after just two minutes. A corner from the left hand side flicking first off the head of Thomas Vermaelen and then off that of Gerard Pique before making its way to Ezequiel Garay arriving at the far post and almost on the goal line. He couldn't miss from there, and didn't.

It nearly got worse for Barcelona when Michy Batshuayi found himself with time to shoot just inside the area only to fire narrowly wide.

Barcelona were back on level terms in the 23rd minute through that man Lionel Messi. Playing a quick 1-2 with Luis Suarez outside the area, Messi took the opportunity to shoot and sent his effort right into the bottom right corner.

Not too much of note from either side in the remainder of the game as this one ended in a draw.

That's now four games without a win for Barcelona, almost unprecedented in recent years. They now find themselves knocked off their perch atop the La Liga table by Sevilla. They are only a point back in second though.

A positive result for Valencia who remain down in thirteenth spot following a disappointing start to the season overall.

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