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Valladolid vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
Spain – La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio José Zorrilla.

Real Valladolid’s remarkable resurgence since the November international break is very impressive. It was reasonable to say at that stage they were the worst side in the league.

They went into it with a 2-1 win over Athletic in which they were absolutely hammered and since the break, they have played five and only lost to a belligerent Atletico Madrid.

That run includes an away win at Granada and a draw at Sevilla. Their opponents’ improvement in results really hasn’t been replicated by their performances.

Strip away the name and the players and this Barcelona team/season is mid-table. Europa League qualification should be achieved, Champions League qualification will frankly rely on teams like Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Sevilla collapsing at some stage.

They finish the year with a trip to Valladolid and a home game to Eibar before starting the new year away to Huesca. Anything over than nine points will only affirm the really worrying outlook for Barca.

They have enough talent to score against anyone but a defence capable of conceding to anyone. Both teams to score, once again in a Barcelona game, looks a good bet.

Valladolid vs Barcelona: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Valladolid Barcelona played so far 24 matches.
Valladolid won 2 direct matches. Barcelona won 18 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.04 goals per Match.

Valladolid vs Barcelona: Prediction

Valladolid in actual season average scored 1.40 goals per match. In 8 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (50.00%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.18 goals per match in season 2020. In 6 (66.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (44.44%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Valladolid will again be without the services of Joaquin Fernandez, Saidy Janko, Javi Moyano and Kiko Olivas through injury, but Sergio's side did not pick up any fresh issues against Sevilla.

Sergi Guardiola, Ruben Alcaraz and Jota all came off the bench at Estadio Ramon and are options for change, but it would not be a surprise to see the same XI sent onto the field.

Maranhao and Shon Weissman should continue as the front two, while Fabian Orellana and Oscar Plano are expected to retain their positions in the wide areas.

As for Barca, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati remain on the sidelines, while Ousmane Dembele is also unlikely to be involved despite recently returning to first-team training following a hamstring issue.

Koeman is expected to make alterations from the side that started against Valencia, with Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong likely to come in for Oscar Mingueza and Philippe Coutinho.

Miralem Pjanic and Trincao are also pushing for starts, but Pedri, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite are expected to retain their spots in support of Messi.

Real Valladolid possible starting lineup:
Masip; Hervias, Bruno, El Yamiq, Garcia; Orellana, Mesa, Fede, Plano; Weissman, Maranhao

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets; Braithwaite, Pedri, Griezmann; Messi