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The La Liga clash at Estadio de Mestalla on Sunday sees home team Valencia facing Barcelona.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Valencia v Barcelona are shown on this page - plus the latest betting odds.
Valencia enter this game after a 1-1 La Liga stalemate versus Alaves.
In that match, Valencia managed 53% possession and 9 shots on goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Valencia was José Gayà (89'). Alaves had 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. John Guidetti (84') was the scorer for Alaves.
Matches featuring Valencia have proved to be absorbing affairs lately with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past 6 clashes, a grand total of 20 goals have gone in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 9 of these being chalked up by Los Che.
Analysis of their past results shows that Valencia:
- have not lost a league tie with Barcelona in their last 2 games.
- are undefeated in their last 8 home league matches. Visiting teams have certainly not had an easy time of it here.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Granada in La Liga action, Barcelona and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Barcelona managed 81% possession and 16 shots on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Barcelona was Lionel Messi (23'). On the other side, Granada CF got 5 shots on goal with 2 on target. Darwin Machís (63') and Jorge Molina (79') scored for Granada.
Proving their fondness for productive matches, we’ve had goals 21 times in the previous 6 matches in which Barcelona have taken to the field, giving an average of 3.5 goals for each meeting. Their opponents have managed 7 of these goals. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Going into this one, Barcelona have left without a victory over Valencia in games played away from home for the previous 3 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings going back to 07/10/2018 shows that Valencia have won 2 of these games & Barcelona 1, with the tally of drawn games being 3.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 22 overall which averages out at 3.67 goals per meeting.
The last league clash between these clubs was La Liga match day 14 on 19/12/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Barcelona 2-2 Valencia.
That day, Barcelona had 72% possession and 25 attempts on goal with 9 on target. Goals were scored by Lionel Messi (45') and Ronald Araújo (52').
Valencia had 12 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Mouctar Diakhaby (29') and Maxi Gómez (69') scored.
The referee was Alejandro Hernández Hernández.
Team News: Valencia
There aren’t many selection issues, with just one fitness concern for the Valencia boss Javi Gracia to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust squad. Jasper Cillessen (Knee Injury) misses out.
Team News: Barcelona
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has not got a full squad to pick from. Martin Braithwaite (Ankle Injury), Philippe Coutinho (Rupture of Outer Meniscus) and Moussa Wagué (Patella rupture) will miss out on this game.
In our view, Valencia have the firepower to find the back of the net against this Barcelona outfit, although just one goal is unlikely to be as many as they will have scored against them.
Our selection here is for a close game with a 1-2 win for Barcelona at the end of this one. Expecting it to be very competitive.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla (55,000)
Captain: José Gayà
Chairman: Anil Murthy
Manager: Javi Gracia
Competitions: La Liga position 14
🔑 Key Player: Maxi Gómez
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Maxi Gómez was born in Paysandú, Uruguay. After having played his first senior match for Defensor Sporting in the 2015 - 2016 season, the skilful Forward has contributed 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 26 appearances.