Barcelona and Valencia Lock Horns in the Primera Division DerbyPublished October 22, 2016 by Florin P
Barcelona resumes La Liga title chase with high profile match against a team that used to pose serious a challenge (3:45 p.m UK Time).
Surprisingly enough, Barcelona is not faring too well in the Spanish first division. On the bright side, they are within striking distance of the leaders, despite the fact that they sit in the fourth place. A match against Valencia on the road used to be a problem, but right now, it should result in an easy victory.
No Injured Players for Valencia
The home side is anxiously anticipating this match, the most difficult ones they’ve played this season. It’s refreshing for them that they managed to win three of the last four games, all of them with the same score 2:1. Valencia is having a hard time keeping clean sheets and has the tendency to allow early goals, which forces them to chase the equalizer. They don’t have any players injured or suspended ahead of this fixture
Against Barcelona, it’s virtually impossible to defend for 90 minutes even when you have home pitch advantage. Valencia has a pretty good head to head record, and managed to secure four points in the last two games. However, last year they were thrashed by the reigning champions and allowed seven unanswered goals in the Spanish Cup. That memory is very much alive in the memory of players.
Barcelona Chases a Lopsided Victory
The visitors had a busy schedule recently, including a tough match against Manchester City in the Champions League. Opponents always play their best football against them and never cut them any slack, which only amplifies the pressure. Only three players are missing ahead of this fixture, which is not that bad given the fact that none of them are instrumental for their success.
The starting formation will feature three strikers, which indicates the fact that they are going for a convincing victory. Barcelona doesn’t need home pitch advantage to win by two goals or more and that’s why bet365 sports offers odds of 11/10 on them to cover the spread.