Valencia vs Barcelona – Copa del Rey: After having lost in Barcelona by the minimum margin, Valencia needs to score in order to start turning this tie around
The first leg match was, still, balanced, with Barcelona only managing to get in the lead on the 2nd half, with a goal by Luis Suárez.
Valencia’s moment of form isn’t ideal, on a period where the schedule brings very tough tests for their roster.
On their last 5 official matches, they’ve only won away from home at Alavés, on a Copa del Rey match.
Losses against Las Palmas and Atlético de Madrid, away from home, and against Real Madrid, at home, besides the already mentioned one against Barcelona, are weighing on the mind of Marcelino’s players.
Barcelona, in turn, after a loss with Espanyol, also in the Copa del Rey, are now unbeaten for 5 consecutive matches, with 4 wins and 1 draw, once again against their city neighbours.
Ernesto Valverde’s team keeps finding ways to continue to extract a lot of quality from their dynamics, with their only downside maybe being the utilization of some of their key players as almost obligatory presences on the starting line-up.
Curiously, on that last match, that ended on a draw, Messi stayed on the bench, on a clear sign that he was rested for this Cup match.
Valencia vs Barcelona – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The Spanish teams rarely dismiss the Copa del Rey, always trying to conquer it. By having 2-legged ties, it also ends up being easier for the teams to manage their rosters and the ties. But, in this case, everything is yet to be decided here.
The Valencian team has interesting offensive weapons and will try to score first. But Barcelona,
even taking advantage of the trend that the opposing block should push up the field looking for that same goal, will also have conditions to score and defend themselves from a potential surprise.
|Both teams to score||