Barcelona vs Real Valladolid match preview and predictions for Monday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Catalans aim to put three more points on the board at Camp Nou.
|Date||Monday 5th April 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid Preview
Barcelona are back in action in LaLiga on Monday night and they have what on paper should be a very winnable home game against Real Valladolid. There have been few signs of late to suggest that this Barca side is going to slip up here and they can’t really afford to as they continue to look to claw themselves right back into the title race.
With Atleti having dropped points regularly of late, some already see Barcelona as the favourites to win the league from this position and it’s easy to see why when you look at their league form. Since the turn of the year, they’ve won 12 out of 13 in LaLiga, only dropping points on one occasion in the draw against Cadiz. They’ve not lost in the league since the away clash against Cadiz in early December, a result which actually marked their 4th loss in the space of 7 league outings.
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 are 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 leveller by Bono.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Barcelona Wins, 1 Real Valladolid Win.
- Barcelona won 3-0 at the Jose Zorrilla earlier this term.
- Barca have won the last 5 meetings since a 1-0 defeat in March 2014 at the Jose Zorrilla.
- They have scored 4+ goals in 4 of the last 6 meetings at Camp Nou including a 5-1 win last season.
Gerard Pique is rated doubtful and may be saved for bigger games coming up. Sergi Roberto is fit again but is unlikely to displace Sergino Dest.
Real Valladolid could be missing as many as five players due to recent positive COVID-19 tests. They are also without the suspended Fabián Orellana.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – De Jong, Lenglet, Mingueza – Alba, Pedri, Busquets, Dest – Dembele, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:
Masip – Olaza, El Yamiq, Bruno, Janko – Toni, Alcaraz, Mesa, Plano – Guardiola, Weissman (4-4-2)
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Barcelona 2-0 Real Valladolid (follow us on Tipstrr to view our betting tips)
Real Valladolid are capable of frustrating Barcelona but it’s hard to see them offering enough in attack to really make a game of this. The hosts may need to be a bit patient but they should have enough to collect maximum points with relative ease in the end, particularly with the visitors missing players.