Preview - Barcelona vs Valencia 03 February 19

Started by Harry85, Feb 02, 2019, 08:01 AM

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Match Day 22
Barcelona vs. Valencia
Sunday, February 3rd 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.76
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (19)

Last five matches form: W L D W W
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Dani Parejo (5)

Barcelona remain red-hot favourites to retain their La Liga title. Only five points clear of Atlético Madrid though, a blip or two could open things right up again. They face potentially one of their trickier remaining fixtures on Match Day 22 as seventh placed Valencia come calling to Camp Nou.

Barcelona couldn't master Valencia earlier in the season, with the reverse of this fixture ending up in a 1-1 draw. The game here last season was close too, with Barca picking up the points in a 2-1 win.

Sergio Busquets is suspended for Barcelona who must also do without the injured trio of Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha. Mouctar Diakhaby is suspended for Valencia, whilst Gonçalo Guedes and Geoffrey Kondogbia are out injured.

Following an up and down period, Barcelona are now firmly back in stride, with eight wins in their last eight La Liga fixtures propelling them clear at the top; Lionel Messi as sublime as ever and on course to be Europe's top scorer once again. Famed for their attacking prowess, they have impressively kept six clean sheets in those eight games.

Barca have won 36 of their past 42 here in the league, losing just once.

The Champion's League will always be the aim for Valencia. Seven points adrift of that at present that may prove a tall order this season though. Only two points off sixth, the Europa League however is well within reach.

No side has drawn more games than Valencia in La Liga this season, with the points being shared in 11 of their 21 fixtures.

Valencia are undoubtedly adept at at least getting something out of a game, but have already lost at Real Madid, Deportivo Alavés and Espanyol this season and look overmatched here.

Prediction: Barcelona 2 - 0 Valencia


Feb 04, 2019, 05:46 PM Last Edit: Feb 04, 2019, 06:13 PM by Harry85
Half time:  1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  17 - 11
Shots on target: 9 - 7
Corner Kicks: 9 - 1
Possession: 63% - 37%

Three bookings in this one, all for the home side, with referee Alberto Undiano taking the names of Sergi Roberto, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba.

Valencia may struggle for consistency, but they are a side more than capable of giving any side a game on their day and made Barcelona work very hard to secure a point at Camp Nou. Barcelona were predictably ahead on the stats but needed a Lionel Messi double to come from two goals down and salvage a draw.

Valencia flew out of the traps here and very nearly took the lead when hitting Barcelona on the break in just the second minute. Dennis Cheryshev following up on the rebound and crashing an effort off the right-hand post when striking across goal.

Barca weren't so fortunate when on the end of another counter attack in the 24th minute though. Rodrigo Moreno playing in Kevin Gameiro in the right of the area and Gameiro finishing well into the bottom left from twelve yards.

After 32 minutes Valencia were two to the good. Sergi Roberto bundling Daniel Wass over as a cross came in from the left and the referee pointing to the spot. Dani Parejo finishing high to the left-hand side.

It was Barcelona's turn to be awarded a spot kick in the 39th minute when Toni Lato tripped Nelson Semedo in the area. Messi finishing coolly into the bottom right. 1-2 at the break.

Both sides had chances at the start of the second half, but it was Barcelona who struck next in the 64th minute. Arturo Vidal laying the ball back to Messi around twenty-five yards from goal. Messi taking a touch to his left before curling a beautiful effort into the bottom left corner. 2-2 final score.

Two points dropped at home for Barcelona then, but with Atlético Madrid losing at Real Betis it didn't turn out to be a bad weekend for the defending Champions who stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points. Undoubtedly a point gained for Valencia. They still drop down a spot to eighth though.

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