FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF – 05/03/2023
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We have four fixtures to look forward to in La Liga on the 5th of March including the meeting between Barcelona and Valencia.
The game will take place at the Camp Nou and the hosts begin the weekend top of the table on 59 points while the visitors are in 18th place on 23 points.
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Barcelona come into the match having beat Real Madrid 1-0 away in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night. The only goal of the game was scored in the 26th minute and Barcelona kept Real Madrid at bay for the remainder of the match to take a lead into the second leg at home.
It was an important win for Barcelona having lost their previous two fixtures. There was a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in the Europa League that saw Barcelona eliminated from the competition and a 1-0 loss at Almeria in La Liga last weekend.
Barcelona have recorded 2 wins from their 5 most recent fixtures, beating Cadiz 2-0 at home in the league and Real Madrid away in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona have a good record of 25 undefeated games in their last 30 home encounters in all competitions.
In their last 11 consecutive home matches of La Liga, there have been no losses for Barcelona and they have won 9 of their last 10 league games on home soil. Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 home La Liga matches.
Valencia make the trip to the Camp Nou on the back of a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad in La Liga last weekend. The only goal of the game was scored shortly before half time and Valencia prevented the visitors from scoring in the second half to take maximum points.
Trends show Valencia have recorded only 1 win from their 8 most recent fixtures in all competitions. They have lost 6 of their last 7 matches, with 5 of those defeats coming in the league.
Valencia have won only 1 of their last 9 games in La Liga and have lost 7 of those 9 fixtures. Valencia’s latest record consists of 5 straight away losses in La Liga.
Valencia have been struggling to score goals on the road and they have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last 4 away league games.
Team news and Barcelona are without suspended midfielder Gavi. Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembélé are injured.
Valencia are without Gabriel Paulista, Marcos de Sousa, Jose Gaya, Édinson Cavani, and Jaume Doménech who are all injured. Nico González is a doubt due to a foot injury.
Barcelona have their confidence back following the 1-0 win in Madrid on Thursday night. They know the title is there for the taking and should have little difficulty in beating Valencia at home.
Barcelona have been solid defensively in home league matches while Valencia have been struggling to score on the road, meaning Barcelona should keep a clean sheet.