FC Barcelona to return to winning ways

FC Barcelona to return to winning ways

FC Barcelona is looking to return to winning run with a win against Real Valladolid, who is now threatened by relegation. Barcelona have actually nothing to lose anymore, as they already secured the La Liga title. Their dominance in the La Liga gives Barcelona a spot in the Champions League, which they are aiming for. On the other hand, Valladolid is looking to escape the relegation zone, as they are currently in danger. Valladolid is currently at the 17th in the league table, just above the relegation zone with 35 points. What is more unfortunate for them is that they are with the same points with the team at the 18th. This meeting will be hosted by Valladolid on May 24, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams have played 97 matches prior to this match, with the visitors recording an impressive record. It is no surprising that the visitors recorded 65 wins from their 97 matches, compared to the hosts’ 16. Despite playing at home, the hosts cannot gain confidence from it, as they last won at home against the visitors in 2014. Additionally, they also do not have a good momentum coming into this match, losing to their last six matches. As for the visitors, they are in a three-game winning run before they claimed the league title. However, after they clinched the title, they failed to get a win, losing on their last match.

FC Barcelona

La Liga: FC Barcelona
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Barcelona is the team who already secured both the La Liga title, and their Champions League spot for next season. They are currently at the top of the league table with 85 points across their names. Although they no longer have anything to lose, they still want to return to winning ways to keep their momentum. They suffered a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad on their last game, just after they bagged the league title. With that, they are coming into this match with hopes of bouncing back from that loss and regain their momentum. This is not impossible though as their squad have been very impressive this season. As they already won their title, changes might happen for their lineup this season.

Gavi is returning in this match, after serving his suspension on their last match. However, Pedri, and Ronald Araujo who were also absent on their last match remains to be out here. This is also the case for Jules Kounde, who is also out in this match because of his muscular issue.

Real Valladolid

La Liga: Real Valladolid
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Valladolid is currently sitting at the 17th of the league table, just above the relegation zone, with 35 points. They are a team who is still fighting for their survival, especially because they have the same point with the team at the 18th. With that, Valladolid is desperate for a win in this match, as they want to play for La Liga next season. Valladolid are struggling this season, including their 2-0 loss against Cadiz on their last match. With that, they are aiming to bounce back in this game, to halt their drop in the drop zone. Additionally, they are also looking to end their winless run on the road against Barcelona, which they last won in 2014.

Luis Perez, Selim Amallah, and Anuar Tuhami remains to be unavailable in this match because of their injuries. Martin Hongla on the other hand remains to be out here as he will be serving the suspension he sustained after a red card against Cadiz.

Prediction:

FC Barcelona (3.0)
Odds: -0.93

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