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FC Barcelona will travel to the Mestalla on Sunday, as it takes on hosts Valencia at a crucial juncture in the La Liga 2021-22 season.
Valencia, who were looking to score a top 4 finish during the start of the season, has put up some disappointing performances of late. The team has not scored a victory in the top flight since its 4-3 win over Levante in December and has managed to pick up just 2 points from the 6 games played since then.
This has seen them slip to the 12th spot with 30 points. With the final weeks of the season approaching, it will take a special effort on the part of coach Bordalas and his team if they want to secure a European finish, which is still 8 points away. The team has however made it to the semi-final stage of the Copa del Rey, drawing the first leg with Athletic Club.
Barcelona is having one of its worst seasons in the history of the club, dropping out of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years. The team has also been knocked out of the Copa del Rey and Supercoppa de Espana. It does however remain in the hunt at the Europa League, where it managed a dull 1-1 draw against Napoli in the first leg game of the knockout stage. The team has managed to avoid a loss in its last 7 league games, and as a result, has moved up on the points table, where it currently sits at 4th place with 39 points.
With Real Madrid 15 points away, a top finish looks out of the question, but the team will definitely look forward to finishing within the top 3.
Match prediction and betting tips for Valencia C. F. vs F. C. Barcelona La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia, on 20th February 2022.
Except for Gabriel Paulista and Jasper Cillessen, Valencia has no major injury concerns, and coach Bordalas has the opportunity to put his best men on the field. Dimitri Foulquier, Hugo Duro, and Bryan Gil are likely to earn a start this Sunday, alongside Soler and Guedes.
As for the visitors, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Araujo are out due to injuries, while Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay remain doubtful. Gavi and Busquets are likely to make a return, while Dani Alves and Gerard Pique will be serving suspensions.
Given Valencia’s penchant for scoring against Barcelona and the poor defenses of the visitors, we expect the hosts to score at least once. But Barcelona should find no problems in taking the lead by the time the final whistle blows.
Bet on Barcelona to win.
Both teams have scored in four out of the previous five matches that Valencia and Barcelona have played against each other. In fact, you could even look at the 'Total Goals Over/Under' betting market to this bet to increase your odds of winning but that will increase the risk a little bit as well.