Barcelona vs Real ValladolidLa Liga, KO: 20:00 Apr 5, 2021, Nou Camp
Barcelona will look to keep up the pressure on Spanish La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid when they host Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp. They have been on the rise in recent weeks and should be too strong for the relegation threatened visitors.
The Catalans showed their quality in their last La Liga fixture as they ran out 6-1 winners at Real Sociedad. Sergino Dest and Lionel Messi both scored braces while Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele were also on the score sheet.
Ronald Koeman’s men have been superb lately and are unbeaten in their last 18 matches, claiming 15 wins in that run. They are four points off the summit and with Atletico Madrid facing a difficult outing at Sevilla, can close the gap to one point if results go their way.
Barcelona are just as impressive on the road and have won their last nine away matches. They have also shown their attacking prowess lately with 10 goals from their last two La Liga matches.
Real Valladolid earned a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in their last La Liga fixture before the international break. Fabian Orellana gave them the lead from the spot right before halftime and they held on for much of the contest before conceding the equaliser deep into injury time.
Sergio's men have claimed just one win in their last 11 matches and are just four points above the relegation zone. They are winless in two of their last five matches on the road and were held to a 0-0 draw by Osasuna in their last away match.
How the bookies view it
Barcelona are overwhelming favourites among the bookies and are priced at 1/7 by William Hill to earn the win. SBK is offering 23/1 for a victory for Real Valladolid while a draw is set at odds of 43/5 by the same firm.
Given Barcelona’s recent form on the road, they are expected to claim a comfortable victory here.
Head to head
Barcelona often come out on top in this fixture and have claimed 28 wins from 37 previous matches. Real Valladolid have four victories while both teams have played out five draws.
The Catalans have won the last five meetings and triumphed 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in December.
Players to watch
After netting a brace last time out, Lionel Messi could be backed to once again score two or more goals at 97/50 at Sporting Index. The Argentine forward is also a good bet to grab the first goal at 11/5 with Unibet.
Real Valladolid have a few attacking threats of their own with Shon Weissman priced at 6/1 by Unibet to score anytime. Fabian Orellana also carries a goal threat from midfield and is priced at 17/2 in the same market by Sporting Index.
Anything else catch the eye?
With Barcelona priced at minimal odds for a win, the handicap market should provide some value. A -2 handicap is priced at 21/20 by Sport Nation while a win to nil is set at odds of 4/5 by Sporting Index.
Barcelona are a good bet to win both halves at evens with William Hill while they could also be backed to earn the lead after 15 minutes at 12/5 with the same firm.
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