Barcelona hosts Valencia in round 9 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, October 17th at Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Barcelona's problems have not gone away. The team continues to fall in terms of the game, while the club's management is trying to stabilize the financial situation. The current squad of the Catalans and the coaching staff, led by Ronald Koeman, cannot consistently gain points and don’t show a high-quality game. Before the pause for the matches of the national teams, Blaugranes suffered the second 3-0 defeat in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and then they lost to the reigning champion Atletico Madrid in the Spanish championship (2-0). Now the fans of Barcelona should not expect a quick return of their favorites to the victorious path.
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In the previous season, Valencia took the final 13th place in the LaLiga standings. Javier Gracia was dismissed from his post, and his place was taken by Jose Bordalas, who had previously worked at the helm of Getafe for five years. It is difficult to assess the start of the 2021/2022 season so far. Valencia is in 8th place in the LaLiga standings, having the same number of points as Barcelona (12). However, the Catalans have one game in hand. The Bats regularly scored points in matches against the middle peasants of the Spanish Championship. But facing strong Sevilla and Real Madrid, they lost both games with a total score of 2-5. We will add that before the pause for the matches of the national teams, Bordalas's charges failed to beat Cadiz away, although they had a full advantage according to statistics (32 against 68% in ball possession, 2 against 16 in shots on goal, 1 against 4 in shots on target, and 1 against 3 in corners), The Bats’ xG was also higher (0.16 vs 1.44).
Valencia is a tough team, which can cause problems for all opponents in any condition. Barcelona is in a game crisis now. In addition to all the problems, Barca cannot count on a bunch of important players. We will believe in the Bats and recommend betting on their victory with a +1.5 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Valencia to win with +1.5 handicap