Valencia vs Barcelona predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Catalans head to Mestalla.
Valencia vs Barcelona Preview
This is unquestionably the game of the weekend in La Liga and it’ll be fascinating to see how these sides shape up against one another. It hasn’t been a convincing start for Quique Setien at Barcelona but it is still two wins out of two. This will be by far his biggest test since taking over but Valencia haven’t made a good start to 2020 and look a bit vulnerable also right now.
Los Che’s Supercopa campaign was over before it really started and a crushing 4-1 defeat at Mallorca last weekend in La Liga was a fresh setback for Albert Celades who was just starting to establish himself in the job. Valencia might have really fancied this game had the circumstances been slightly different but with talisman Dani Parejo suspended, they may struggle to break down this Barcelona defence.
Valencia should be able to start with Rodrigo Moreno in attack following a knee problem even though the striker has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this week. He’ll be hoping to cause problems for Samuel Umtiti who is expected to be preferred over Clement Lenglet again in defence in one of the big shifts we’ve seen so far from Setien.
Barcelona come into this game having survived a real scare in the Copa del Rey at Ibiza. Antoine Griezmann ultimately turned the tie around with a late brace but it was fresh evidence that it is most likely going to take time for the new Barça boss to get this team playing how he wants.
The Catalans could opt to pack the midfield here and play something akin to a 4-1-3-2 or they may opt to go 4-3-3 with Ansu Fati getting another start out wide.
Valencia vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Barcelona have dominated possession but lacked cutting edge in their two games so far under Setien and they look like they may very well drop points here. The absence of Parejo will make it tough for Valencia to turn one point into three though.
Valencia vs Barcelona Betting Tips & Odds (18+)
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Valencia vs Barcelona H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 1 Valencia Win, 2 Draws.
- Barcelona won the reverse fixture 5-2 at Camp Nou earlier in the season.
- They’ve only lost 3 of the last 31 games between the sides overall.
- 4 of the last 6 meetings at Mestalla have ended 1-1.
Predicted Line Ups
Domenech – Gaya, Paulista, Garay, Wass – Soler, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Torres – Gomez, Rodrigo (4-4-2)
Ter Stegen – Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba – Busquets, De Jong, Arthur – Messi, Griezmann, Fati (4-3-3)
Where to Watch
Valencia vs Barcelona is live on the following channels:
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