Barcelona vs Valencia preview, betting tips and prediction: Can Barça continue their unbeaten run?
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Valencia are essentially guaranteed to return to the Champions League next season. Third in the table, they’re 16 points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis. However, this could be the weekend that they slip down to fourth. They’re tasked with travelling to the Camp Nou to face league leaders Barcelona while fourth-placed Real Madrid, a point behind them, take on Malaga, who are bottom of the division and doomed to life in the second tier.
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It will be interesting to see how Barcelona react to the most humiliating defeat they’ve suffered in a long time. Spanish media deemed it their worst night in Europe. They carried a 4-1 lead to the Italian capital to take on AS Roma only to be turned over 3-0 by a truly heroic team effort.
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It means that Barcelona have crashed out at the quarter-final stage in three successive seasons. They haven’t reached a semi-final since 2015, the year that they won the treble under Luis Enrique. The reasons for this drop off in standards haven’t yet been revealed. The autopsy is still taking place. It shouldn’t take away from Ernesto Valverde’s achievements in what is his debut season in charge. 31 games in, they’re still unbeaten in the league and equaled the Spanish record for games undefeated (38) last weekend with the 3-1 win over Leganes. Expect Valencia to give them a scare at the very least. Don’t miss these Betfair free bets!