Barcelona vs Real Valladolid
Competition – Spanish Primera
Stadium – Estadio Camp Nou
Date: 16th February 2019
Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT
Barcelona are beginning to struggle for results and it couldn’t have come at a worse time as Real Madrid look set catch them at the top of the league table.
The Blaugranas are still 6 points clear at the top of the league table, but their recent run of form suggests that they need to up their game to stay ahead of their fellow title rivals.
Lionel Messi and co. come into this game off the back of three consecutive draws.
These results came against Valencia, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
If they fail to get a win here again, then they might start next week just 3 points ahead of Real Madrid and that is a scary proposition for their fans.
Valladolid are not the kind of team that should beat Barcelona, but the Spanish league season has been filled with surprising results so anything can happen here.
The visitors come into this game having failed to score in 3 of their last 4 matches.
Valladolid seem to struggle much more when they play away from home.
Their last two away games have ended in losses with six goals conceded and none scored against teams who are also struggling to stave off relegation.
Barcelona took a narrow 1-0 win when these teams met earlier in the season however their aim will be to come out with a more convincing result in this game as the finish line comes into view.
Bookmakers have priced Barcelona up as if they are playing a third tier team. Valladolid are massive outsiders to get a result while goal markets suggest a high-scoring game as over 2.5 goals is trading odds-on.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are the usual suspects leading the first goalscorer market.
This game gets underway at 19:45 BST.
Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera: