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Valencia vs Barcelona

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Mestalla

Date: 7th October 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Barcelona start a tough run of fixtures when they visit Valencia in this game, and they will be looking to build on their midweek win at Wembley to get them through this fixture.

Valencia set the bar high for themselves last season when they finished inside the top four.

Their qualification to the Champions League provided them with some funds to strengthen their squad, but those players seem to have found it hard to settle in so far.

They earned a 0-0 draw against an unmotivated Manchester United side in midweek to continue their resurgence however this game may bring what they have been building in recent weeks crashing down.

Valencia secured their first win of the season last weekend.

Prior to that they drew 5 of 6 games, and they seem to have problems offensively as they have scored just 5 goals in 7 league games so far.

Valencia are unbeaten in their last 5 league games however with just one win coming from those 5 matches, their fans will expect more after last season’s success.

After going 3 games without a win, Barcelona stormed to a 4-2 victory in their Champions League game against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.

However, they are back in La Liga for this fixture and it hasn’t been a good few weeks for them there.

They have lost one and drawn two of their last three league games, and are miraculously still top of the league table because Real Madrid have their own demons troubling them at the moment.

Barcelona were on the verge of another loss in their last league game against Athletic Bilbao before an 85 minute goal from El Munir salvaged a 1-1 draw for them.

Surprisingly, 2 of their last 3 winless games have been played at home.

They play Sevilla, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid after the international break, so they have to get a good result from this game.

They have won 2 and lost 1 of their 3 away games in the league so far.

Bookmakers believe Barcelona will come away from the Mestalla with all 3 points as they are currently trading odds-on with bookmakers.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Valencia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Sociedad 0-1 Valencia 29 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Valencia 1-1 Celta Vigo 26 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Villarreal 0-0 Valencia 23 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Valencia 0-2 Juventus 19 Sep, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Valencia 0-0 Real Betis 15 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 29 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Leganes 2-1 Barcelona 26 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Barcelona 2-2 Girona 23 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 4-0 PSV Eindhoven 18 Sep, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona 15 Sep, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia 14 Apr, 2018 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 0-2 Barcelona 8 Feb, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
Barcelona 1-0 Valencia 1 Feb, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
Valencia 1-1 Barcelona 26 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 4-2 Valencia 19 Mar, 2017 Spanish Primera División

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