Barcelona vs Valencia
(Spain – La Liga)
Start date: 15. Sep 2019, 00:00/ Time: 3 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. BST
Location: Barcelona Venue: Camp Nou
Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, Spain
Barcelona vs Valencia predictions for Saturday night’s La Liga encounter at Camp Nou.Barcelona takes on Valencia on Saturday in La Liga play in what’s will be a rematch of the 2019 Copa del Rey final from May. It could be the first game of the season for Lionel Messi, who missed the first three due to injury, though he remains doubtful. Valencia, meanwhile, inexplicably fired its cup-winning coach Marcelino Garcia Toral in favor of Albert Celades in a baffling move just months after lifting its first trophy in 11 years.
Valencia were one of the four sides to claim something at Camp Nou last term after they secured a 2-2 draw and they also held Messi and co. to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla. Moreover though, it was Valencia who came out on top when the teams met in the Copa Del Rey final at Benito Villamarin in May, as goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo sealed Los Che’s eighth triumph in the competition.
Barcelona have an egde over Valencia here, looking at their home form, but Valencia will want to build on their performance not just in the last game but also in the fact that they have not lost to Barcelona in their last three meetings. While we expect Valencia to give a good showing, taking three points from Camp Nou will call for a lot. A good bet here is on a correct score of 2 – 1 in Barcelona’s favor.
With Messi likely to miss but Suarez potentially playing, Barca has the fire power in attack, especially with Antoine Griezmann. The lack of creativity in the first few matches has been concerning though, so expect Barca to play a bit more patient with Valencia still trying to learn the new system.
Celades supposedly likes to play a 4-3-3 though he didn’t talk much about his system when he was announced as the coach this week. If he goes play with three up top, it will be interesting to see if he’ll opt for big summer signing Maxi Gomez, who has yet to start.
BARCELONA – VALENCIA
Barcelona have scored in each of the last 26 meetings with Valencia.
Valencia are unbeaten in three matches against Barcelona.
Barcelona are unbeaten in 13 home matches in La Liga.
Barcelona starting XI:
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Fati, Perez.
Valencia starting XI:
Cillessen, Garay, Paulista, Gaya, Wass, Parejo, Coquelin, Ferran, Guedes, Gameiro, Rodrigo.