La Liga| Valencia vs Barcelona| Match Preview and Prediction
Another tough fixture lies ahead of Barcelona as they travel to Mestalla on Sunday to face Valencia.
Valencia, who are 12th on the table, will face fourth-place Barcelona; they come on this game on the back of a 1-2 defeat to Alaves. They next face another uphill task and will need to step up on occasion, as another defeat will see them go down to 14th place.
While Barcelona displayed a solid performance in the previous match but lack of finish saw them settling for a draw against Napoli. However, they remain in fourth place after Atletico Madrid failed to capitalize in a 0-1 loss to Levante.
Valencia vs Barcelona: Head-to-Head
|15 Sep 2019||Barcelona 5-2 Valencia||La Liga|
|21 Jan 2020||Valencia 2-0 Barcelona||La Liga|
|19 Dec 2020||Barcelona 2-2 Valencia||La Liga|
|03 May 2021||Valencia 2-3 Barcelona||La Liga|
|18 Oct 2021||Barcelona 3-1 Valencia||La Liga|
Valencia vs Barcelona: Form guide
Valencia vs Barcelona: Trivia
- Barcelona have not lost in the last 13 away games against Valencia. (W6 D7)
- Valencia have failed to win in the last three home games in La Liga. (D2 L1)
- Luuk de Jong has scored three-headed goals in La Liga more than any other Barcelona player this season. The last player to score more headed goals for Barcelona in a single season was Luis Suarez in 2015/16 (5).
Valencia vs Barcelona: Predicted XI
Valencia (4-4-2): Mamardashvili; Correia, Comert, Diakhaby, Gaya; Foulquier, Soler, Moriba, Gil; Guedes, Duro
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, E Garcia, Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Traore, Torres, Gavi
Valencia vs Barcelona: Prediction
Valencia will need to be consistent, as they are marooned in mid-table, and remain winless in six La Liga games. The club will need to find their form before they drop down to the relegation zone.
While Barcelona will need to be clinical in front of goal, as they have missed many simple opportunities in the last few games. However, their gameplay has been spectacular, with high intensity pressing under new manager Xavi and if they stay clinical in front of goal then Barcelona can secure an easy victory.
Prediction: Valencia 1-3 Barcelona
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