Barcelona v Valencia

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La Liga leaders Barcelona host fourth-place Valencia at the Nou Camp on Saturday afternoon in the game of the Spanish top-flight weekend. 

Barcelona seems to be cruising to the Spanish top-flight title this season. The Blaugrana are 11 points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid and still unbeaten in La Liga.

A 3-1 home win against Leganes last time out means that Ernesto Valverde’s side has won four of their last five outings in the Spanish top-flight. The league leaders have also scored at least two goals in their last four outings in La Liga.

The Catalan giants have been in formidable form at the Nou Camp of late in La Liga, winning 25 of their last 27 league outings on home soil. The last time that Barcelona suffered a La Liga defeat at the Nou Camp was back in September 2016, when Alaves left with a shock 2-1 win.

Like the home side, Valencia head into this clash in high spirits, having won eight of their last nine games in La Liga. Los Ches recent good form has seen them move above reigning champions Real Madrid into third-place in the table.

Last time out Marcelino’s side recorded their fifth straight league win by beating Espanyol 1-0 at the Mestalla. A big part of the visitor’s recent good form has been their defensive record, as they have kept clean sheets in four of their last five La Liga outings.

Los Ches have suffered defeat in four of their last five games against Barcelona. They will be keen to improve that record in Saturday’s clash that is for sure.

Team News

The home side could be without French full-back Lucas Digne and midfielder Sergi Samper due to injury. The visitors will be missing former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin also due to injury.

Match Prediction

Valencia will be confident of getting a positive result from their trip to Catalonia. However, Barcelona has a knack for picking up results in these sorts of games and I can see the home side recording a victory in a high scoring game.

2/7 Odds

PREDICTION – HOME WIN

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.

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