Barcelona – Valencia
Barcelona hosts Valencia at the Camp Nou in a derby clash from the 14th round of La Liga. Here is our preview for this interesting fixture in the Catalan capital.
Barcelona won their last two games in La Liga which helped the club to climb to 5th place in the standings. At this moment Los Cules are 6 points behind the current leader Atletico Madrid and just two points behind the 4th Villarreal, so this is not much of a gap to be reduced. But in order to do it Barca are going to need consistency – something which they are lacking since the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
On Wednesday Ronald Koeman’s team congratulated itself with a 6th win since the beginning of the campaign. It was a difficult test for Barca because Real Sociedad arrived at the Camp Nou. La Real opened the score, but until the halftime Barcelona turned it around with goals from Jordi Alba and Frenkie De Jong.
Ronald Koeman kept Philippe Coutinho on the bench, while Oscar Mingueza was picked in the line-up ahead of Clement Lenglet. These were some interesting decisions made by Koeman.
For Valencia it is a difficult season so far. Los Che find themselves at 12th place in the standings. Javi Gracia’s team have won just 14 points so far from 13 games played. Valencia’s record so far shows 3 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses.
In their last match Valencia made their 5th draw for the season. Los Che hosted Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla and it was a great game for the fans as it ended with a 2-2 draw. Carlos Soler and Manu Vallejo scored for Valencia against the Basques.
That’s our preview for the La Liga iconic derby between the two giants Barcelona and Valencia. Barca look to be in a little bit better shape at the moment, so we pick them as favourites here.