Place: Estadio Mestalla. València.
Date: on the 07th of October, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Spain. Primera – round 8.
For València the start of the current season was terrible and the team takes the 14th place in the standings. Plus València needs to present on several fronts, having played also in the Champions League. In La Liga València has a pleasant series of five matches without losses but four of them have ended with a draw. In the Champions League València has lost to Juventus (0:2) and tied with MU (0:0). València has problems in the attacking line where the team has lost Zaza, the top goal scorer of last season. Gameiro, Rodrigo and Batshuayi are great forwards, but the start of the season for them wasn’t successful: only 1 goal for everyone.
The Bats in general have spent in summer great transfer campaign and in frames of which the contracts with Gameiro, Batshuayi, Guedes, Kondogbia, Wass, Murillo, Diakhaby, Piccini and Cheryshev have been signed. Russian football player was a real start of València at the beginning of season but now Denis has dropped out of a starting lineup.
The magnificent team with improbable style only due to its class has won over strong Tottenham in the last round of the Champions League. Despite three rounds without victories in the championship, Ernesto Valverde’s team remains to be the leader of the standings and have every chance for a victory by the results of the current season. The quality of interaction of football players of Barcelona who understand each other at the intuitive level really impresses. Coutinho has perfectly fitted into tactical scheme of Barcelona and Arthur and Dembele are more and more effective on the football field. Also Lenglet is quite good in defense.
Despite a level of all listed above football players, the game of Barcelona still strongly depends on Messi who again shows high effectiveness in the championship and in the Champions League. Ernesto Valverde often makes experiments with the starting lineup in the championship but we will hardly see experiments in an important match against València.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match València vs. Barcelona
Bookmakers estimate the chances of two teams for success in this match in such way: València to win for 4.90, draw for 4.10, Barcelona to win for 1.74. As we see, Barcelona is considered to be the favorite of the game. Popular total betting on a match is as follows: total over 2.5 for 1.54, total under 2.5 for 2.41. Bookmakers are sure that the number of score goals will be high.
Barcelona has won 5 out of 6 last head-to-heads with València, and the Bats then were in their best gaming form. Now València will be acting only from defense, trying to close the attacks of the Catalan monster. Barcelona will have many opportunities for goals and we wait that the Catalans will win.