Barcelona vs Valencia : match preview
The eyes of the football world have been squarely focused on the city of Valencia over the last couple of days. Gary Neville’s much buzzed appointment as head manager of Los Che until the end of the season has been discussed with excitement and incredulity.
The former Manchester United captain holds reign on Monday, and he faces quite a demanding challenge regardless of his new team’s result against Barcelona this Saturday evening.
While Valencia have been in quite indifferent form, Barcelona have been formidable, sweeping all laying before them and it is of no surprise to find Luis Enrique’s men as the favorites for the match at Mestalla.
Naturally it is tough to back against the visitors who have been victorious in their last seven matches in all competitions scoring 28 goals during the process, and Valencia’s defensive record is not really impressive.
The squad from the east coast of Spain have conceded in all of their last six competitive games and it seems rather unlikely that they will be able to defend a rampant Barcelona.
The champions are proposed at to net three goals or more and it seems a rather logical way to back the Blaugrana given how small they are in most markets. Yet this has been an extremely tight schedule over the last few years, with Barcelona required to work hard for their win at Mestalla.
Last season the Spanish club needed an injury time goal from Sergio Busquets to ensure a 1-0 win, while the previous season witnessed them triumph 3-2. Valencia often celebrate their game for the visit of the country’s biggest teams, and they are able to give Barcelona a competitive game on home ground.
To that end we will speculate over 3.5 goals in the match at which there should be a decent chance of paying out, given Valencia’s conviction to put in a good showing and Barca’s blistering form.