The race for the title in LaLiga is getting heated, and the game against Valladolid seems like a perfect opportunity for Barcelona to add more pressure to both Madrid teams.
Here is a short preview of this game, along with a few betting tips we have prepared for you.
📝 Match context
Ronald Koeman deserves credit for having helped steady the ship and having developed a system and style which mostly gets the best out of Barcelona’s most talented players. Of course, Leo Messi’s outstanding run of form has also come in handy. The Argentine has registered 12 goals and 6 assists in his last 10 Barca appearances and appears to have the fire in his belly again as he looks to drive this team on to yet more silverware.
Real Valladolid meanwhile find themselves down in 16th place but with a 4 point cushion on the drop-zone heading into this round of fixtures. That may change depending on results over the weekend but it’s fair to say their survival prospects won’t hinge on what happens here. Sergio will largely see this as something of a free hit given his side is currently suffering from a COVID-19 outbreak and are expected to be missing a number of players.
Barcelona ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this term but in fairness to Real Valladolid, we have seen a few more ingredients from them of late which more resemble the tough, difficult-to-beat team that comfortably beat the drop last season. They’ve only lost one of their last six in LaLiga and came within seconds of upsetting Sevilla last time out before a dramatic late leveler by Bono.
🗞 Team news
Barcelona Predicted XI (3-4-3): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (GK); Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet; Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Jordi Alba; Antoine Griezmann, Martin Brathwaite, Ousmane Dembele
Real Valladolid Predicted XI (4-4-2): Jordi Masip (GK); Saidy Janko, Bruno Gonzalez, Javi Sanchez, Lucas Olaza; Oscar Plano, Roque Mesa, Ruben Alcaraz, Toni Villa; Kenan Kodro, Sergi Guardiola
👀 Our prediction
Real Valladolid have only one win from their last 11 games, so it's extremely unlikely that they will trouble Barcelona. The Blaugrana may opt to rest Leo Messi but they still have the firepower of Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele to count on.
We expect an absolute goal-fest, with Barcelona romping home for another comfortable win.
Prediction: Barcelona 4-1 Real Valladolid
🧠 Best bet: Over 2.5 Barca Goals at FT
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