Barcelona Vs Valencia Live Stream April 14 2018 Kick Off 14:15 GMT
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The Blaugrana will be hurting after being knocked out of the Champions League and they face a strong opponent.
That loss put an end to an unbeaten streak that had stretched to 19 games and they will be eager to bounce back by returning to winning ways as they seek to move closer to Primera Division glory.
Barcelona’s season had been progressing as smoothly as anyone connected with the club could have wished until a desperate night in Rome on Tuesday.
A shock 3-0 loss to Roma ended their treble hopes and raised fresh doubts about whether this team is really as good as an unbeaten league record suggests.
That record will receive one of its greatest remaining tests here as Barca take on a Valencia side that is riding high in 3rd place and looks on course to eclipse the points tallies they reached during their two title-winning seasons under Rafa Benitez at the start of the century.
Los Che should head to Camp Nou full of confidence following a fine run of form which has seen them win 8 of their last 9 matches.
They’ve rode their luck at times but seem to have developed that winning habit again and they certainly look in much better shape now than they did when these sides clashed in the Copa del Rey back in February.
They have no reason not to be positive here with a top four finish now essentially certain. Having seen Barcelona’s frailties exposed so brutally in Italy, Valencia will try to match the intensity Roma found and having had a week to prepare for the game, they ought to be the fresher of the two sides.
Not playing in Europe has certainly aided their league push but the visitors do also have a fair amount of genuine top four quality. Their midfield is very strong and well balanced with Gonçalo Guedes and Dani Parejo providing plenty of attacking flare and creativity.
They’ve averaged 1.9 goals per game this term, which is the third best record in the division and have netted twice or more in 6 of their last 9 games.
Up against a Barcelona midfield which will either be a bit jaded from the midweek game or rotated and weakened with the introduction of the likes of Andre Gomes and Paulinho, Valencia should be able to get a real foothold in the game.
The fact Barca have conceded in all of their last 4 games also supports that but with Leo Messi on the pitch and an average of 2.55 goals per game this term in La Liga, clearly there should also be plenty of action at the other end and backing Both Teams to Score looks to offer value.