Just as it looked as though Barcelona would move into first place in La Liga this week, they shockingly lost 2-1 to Granada. The loss keeps Barcelona in third place and chasing both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the race for the title. Now, Barcelona turn their attention toward Valencia, a team that are fighting for relegation survival.

Los Che are six points above the relegation zone. Every time they appear to be improving, they slip back into a world of mediocrity. Valencia are on a five-game winless run in the league with three games finishing in draws and two in losses.

Valencia snatched a 2-2 draw when these teams met earlier this season. Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby opened the scoring but Lionel Messi equalised just before halftime. Ronald Araujo put Barcelona in the lead until Maxi Gomez scored with 21 minutes left on the watch. Valencia even had Jose Gaya sent off in the second half.

Barcelona are winless in five of their last six matches against Valencia in all competitions. Three of those six matches ended in draws. Manager Javi Gracia will aim to take points off of Barcelona once more and dent the Catalans’ title challenge. Both sides are desperate for wins but for different reasons. Will Barcelona move to the top of La Liga or will Valencia move away from the bottom three?

Valencia vs Barcelona Betting Odds

 

Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona took 12 points from their last 18 on offer in La Liga. They scored 16 times while conceding eight times. Two of those eight goals came against Granada on Thursday night as Barcelona gave up a one-goal lead to lose 2-1. Messi opened the scoring in the first half but Granada scored twice in the final 30 minutes to win.

Barcelona have lost two of their last four games in the league. Sportsbooks still have them at odds of 7/17. The Blaugrana have been good on the road with five of their last six away games ending without losses. Barcelona have not won at the Mestalla since the 2017-18 Copa del Rey tournament. The last two games at the Mestalla in La Liga ended without a win for the Blaugrana.

Valencia are at odds of 13/2 to win at full-time against Barcelona. Los Che took just six points from the last 18 on offer. They conceded 11 times while scoring nine goals over the course of that time period. As previously stated, five straight games for Valencia in La Liga ended without a victory.

Despite Valencia’s poor play this season, they have been better at home than on the road. They are on a six-game unbeaten run at the Mestalla with four matches finishing in wins. They are +6 in goal difference in 25 goals scored and 19 conceded. Valencia scored twice at Camp Nou in the teams’ 2-2 draw earlier this season. The sides are at odds of 9/2 to draw at the weekend.

Valencia vs Barcelona Team News

Valencia manager Gracia has no new injuries going into the match this weekend. While there are no new player fitness issues, Valencia have announced their intention to build a new Mestalla Stadium. Twelve years ago, the club began the building of the new venue but halted it due to financial issues and the Global Financial Crisis. Reports claim the club want to finish building the stadium.

Midfielder Carlos Soler leads Valencia in goals with eight in 27 matches. Maxi Gomez, who scored in the reverse fixture, and Manu Vallejo have combined for 10 goals – five apiece. Valencia have scored just 41 goals in La Liga this season.

Barcelona have three injured players that are likely to miss the game. Forward Martin Braithwaite is ruled out due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are both likely to miss the fixture through their respective injuries.

News on Friday claim Barcelona are about to sign Messi to a new 10-year contract. Despite their financial issues, the club expect to ink the Argentine to a new deal. Barcelona’s 10-year contract could be beaten by a proposed three-year deal from Paris Saint-Germain. The club are supposedly offering Messi a two-year contract plus a play third-year option. In addition to an astronomic salary, Messi would be given the No. 10 shirt, which is currently worn by Neymar.

Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction

Both teams to score goals: YES @ 5/8 - BET NOW

 

The reverse fixture finished with both Valencia and Barcelona finding the back of the net. Seven of the last 10 games between the teams in all competitions finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Barcelona’s last four La Liga matches ended with both teams scoring goals. Valencia’s last six matches in La Liga finished with both teams finding the back of the net.

Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 4/9 - BET NOW

 

Lionel Messi has 26 goals in 31 games to go along with 11 assists. He has accounted for 48% of Barcelona’s scoring. Without Messi, Barcelona are not a team fighting for the La Liga title. They slipped up in midweek against Granada because the rest of the squad could step up to the plate. They need Messi to score once more against Valencia this weekend – just as he did earlier this campaign.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 43/100 - BET NOW

 

Nine of the last 15 matches between Valencia and Barcelona in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. These teams have been able to find the back of the net when playing each other. Valencia are good at the Mestalla and could take points off of Barcelona.

Barcelona’s last four La Liga matches all ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Five of Valencia’s last six matches in La Liga ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. They may not have won many matches recently, be Los Che have a good home record and good recent performances against Barcelona. Could they take points off of Barcelona like Granada did on Thursday night?