Valencia hosts Barcelona in round 25 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, February 20th at Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
In the current season, Valencia is not impressive on foreign pitches. But in the last round, the Levantines disappointed their fans as much as possible. They were beaten by the crisis-ridden Alaves (2-1), which is fighting for survival. Thus, the men of Pepe Bordalas have not felt the taste of victories in six matches in a row (four defeats and two draws). Unsuccessful results led to the fact that Valencia dropped to 12th place in the standings. The Bats have 30 points after 24 matches. The gap from the relegation zone is still more than impressive (ten points). Despite all their problems, the Levantines are doing pretty well at their native stadium. Let’s start with the fact that they earned 18 points in 12 home games. All home results look like this: four victories, six draws, and two losses with a goal difference of 18-13.
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On the one hand, Barcelona players disappointed their fans in the last round, as they failed to beat their bitter rivals. But on the other hand, Xavi Hernandez’s men showed their temper. In the 90th minute, they were losing 2-1 but bounced back thanks to Luuk de Jong’s goal in the 96th minute. The unbeaten streak continues, and it already amounts to eight matches (four victories and four draws). Now the Catalans are in 4th place in the standings. After 23 matches (one in hand), they have 39 points in their assets. I would like to note that they have not shown such poor away results as in the current season for a long time. In 12 games, the Blue-Garnets put only 16 points into their piggy bank, and the results were as follows: three wins, seven draws, and two losses.
In the first round, Barcelona quite confidently beat Valencia at Camp Nou (3-1). But lets’ note that the Bats have consistently scored at least one goal against Barça in the last nine head-to-head matches in different tournaments. Yes, Valencia has not won in LaLiga for a long time. At the same time, it looks quite good at home. The Bats have earned about 65% of their points at Estadio de Mestalla. For sure, their motivation in the upcoming game will be very high. As I noted, Barca is not impressive on foreign pitches throughout the current season (only three victories in 12 away games). I will not rule out that the Catalans will be left without three points this time. And you can risk betting on a draw.