Real Valladolid-Barcelona betting preview
Barcelona, suddenly find themselves in a rather unexpected slump, they are looking for some easy games. They get one on this Saturday against Real Valladolid. While it is comfortable facing a team in the relegation zone, it can also be a double-edged sword. If they fail to score a facile win, it will dampen their spirits.
Barca are second in the league, trailing the league leaders and arch rivals Real Madrid by a solitary point. With 12 matches remaining, there is sufficient time to overhaul a slim deficit like this. However, Barcelona have lost their dominant aura that they had during the last few years. On the other hand, it is Real Madrid that appears to be in galloping form at the moment.
Real Valladolid should not be offering any problems to them. Valladolid have scored just 23 points – 40 points fewer than what Barca managed. The results of their last 10 games offer you a glimpse of their recent form: four defeats, five draws and a single win.
The H2H statistics hold out a massive thumbs-up for a Barca win, as the team have won all the previous eight matches against Valladolid.
Gerard Pique’s injury is the only fitness concern for Barca. The South American trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Alexis Sánchez will lead the attack. The team would want to win the La Liga crown for their aging stalwart Carlos Puyol’s, who will leave the club after this season.
If anybody in the Valladolid camp can hurt Barca with quick counters, it is Javi Guerra. He has scored 12 of the team’s total 28 goals of the season.
Real Valladolid-Barcelona Prediction
Expect only the expected. Barca is likely to romp home comfortably.
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