After a tough midweek European festival, La Liga returns with a stunning game as Catalan giants Football Club Barcelona travel to the Mestalla Stadium to take on Valencia FC. It will be an interesting game that will change the course of the league.
Barcelona vs Valencia has always been an interesting game as both of these teams have developed a lot in recent years. Sharing the league stage and other players, both teams have been part of the Spanish La Liga for many years.
Barca’s new signing Ferran Torres was a key player in the Valencian system and former Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillisen now plays for Valencia.
Both teams want to improve their positions in the league, so they are expected to play their best teams. It will also be a tactical battle between the two managers, Xavi Hernandez and José Bordalás who are at the height of their careers.
What does it mean for both teams to win?
Being in sixth place with two games less, it is vital for Barcelona to win these games by a good margin. This will improve the chances of finishing fourth in the league and securing UCL qualification.
Valencia, on the other hand, are struggling. Twelfth in the championship, Valence is far from its standards. The debt lately and the loss of too important players have led to this fall.
Winning this match against Barcelona will increase players’ confidence and also help improve their position in the league.
With a midweek game against Napoli, Barca’s squad should be tired and could be advantageous for Valencia.
Barca played decently but lack proper finishing. To win this match, the finish must be excellent.
The last five games of FC Barcelona: DDWWL
Valencia, on the other hand, haven’t played the best football and are hoping for an improvement in their manager’s tactics.
Valencia FC’s last five games: LDDWL
Being a game with such history, both teams should play their best formations. This will help to win the game and change their position in the league table.
Possible starting formation in Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, E Garcia, Alba; F de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Traore, Torres, Gavi
Possible starting line-up from Valence:
Mamardashvili; Correia, Comert, Diakhaby, Gaya; Foulquier, Soler, Moriba, Gil; Guedes, Duro
This match will be difficult to predict because both teams are struggling. The online poll results for this one say so.
Victory FC Barcelona: 48%
Victory FC Valencia: 26%
Whatever the outcome, the game will crack as two La Liga heavyweights go head-to-head. Neutrals can enjoy this game and hope for a good football game.