The Catalan giants have had a strange couple of years. Failure to compete at the highest level, signing players they do not need at exorbitant prices, firing coaches and club president turnover, and most importantly, their greatest ever player Messi leaving Barcelona to join PSG.
You could argue that their decline mirrors that of Valencia, who were once an elite team in the Spanish League but have now sunk to mid-table mediocrity.
Both teams need to win this game for different reasons. Valencia want to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle, while Barcelona want to finish in the Champions League places after suffering the humiliation of playing in the Europa League in February.
What will be the key factors for this game? Where will it be won and lost? Read on for our match prediction, H2H analysis and team news below!
Valencia vs Barcelona Head-to-head
Predictably, Barcelona edges the H2H matchup by a wide margin. In 56 games, the home side has won just 12 games while Barcelona have won 28 games. Both sides have shared the points 16 times.
In the last 10 games, it’s a similar story as Valencia have won just two games while Barcelona have won five games. Both sides have also split the points on three occasions.
Both sides have met once already this season, with the Catalan giants winning 3-1.
On the league table, there’s also a mismatch as Barcelona are currently 9 points and 8 places ahead of Valencia.
Valencia’s form in the last five games has been abysmal. In that period, they’ve picked up a lone win, lost twice and drawn two games. (Form: L-D-D-W-L)
Over that same period, Barcelona have won two games, drawn twice and lost once. (Form: D-D-W-W-L)
Barcelona have had a man sent off in their last two La Liga games. That indiscipline is something the Valencia players will look to exploit by exaggerating challenges and complaining to the referee as often as they can.
Betting on a red card in this game might be worth a punt. Red card (Yes) – 2.93
Valencia vs Barcelona News updates
Valencia head coach, José Bordalás will have a full squad to pick from apart from central defender, Gabriel Paulista. Key forward, Guedes will have to be at his best if the home side is to get a positive result from this game.
Barcelona started January signing Aubameyang for the first time against Napoli and the former Arsenal striker acquitted himself well against the Italian side. Expect him to push for a start in the Barcelona lineup against Valencia, along with fan favorite Adama Traoré.
Further back, Gerard Pique and Dani Alves are still suspended and will miss the game.
Valencia vs Barcelona Match Prediction
Valencia have been too poor to expect anything other than a Barcelona result here.
We’re going with the away side to win this one.
Valencia win: 3.65
Barcelona win: 2.05
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