Game: Barcelona – Valencia
Date: 1 February, Saturday, 2014 year
Start time: 15:00 GMT
A victory against Valencia is a must for Barcelona on Saturday, if the team wants to keep the first position in the table after this round.
Atletico Madrid has the same number of points (54) as Barcelona and it is only the better goal difference that gives an advantage to Barca. The other club from Madrid – Real is also only one point behind both teams and will wait for a mistake by any of them to move up in the standings.
Messi is back in game for Barca and his presence on the field was already felt. However, it may take a bit before the Argentinean returns to his best form. Barcelona finally won their last Primera Division match against Malaga by 3-0.
Before this match the team on two occasions performed unconvincingly and couldn’t win first again Atletico Madrid and after that against Levante. In addition to the improvement in their form from the last weeks, Barcelona devastated Levante in two Copa del Rey matches (4-1 and 5-1).
Valencia has firmly established itself in the mid of the table. The teams is ninth and although they lost 10 of their 21 matches in the championship, The Bats concede an average of only 1,55 goals per game. The only defeat in their last five games was against Celta Vigo (2-1).
Since the odds for Barca to win are extremely low, we would like to point your attention to the Asian Handicap bets. A +2,5 goals win for Valencia is not a bad option at all, as the team has lost only two game by more than 2 goals so far in the campaign.
Facts before match:
Barcelona recorded 3 wins and 2 draws in their last five championship games.
Valencia lost only two of the Primera Division games by more than 2 goals.
Valencia’s lost only one of their last five Primera Division matches.