Can Barca finally get the better of Valencia?
<div><div><div><div id=":oq"><div id=":o1"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Barcelona vs Valencia</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/fc-barcelona-vs-cf-valencia-3842161/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, September 14, at Camp Nou</strong></a></p><p>Barcelona have made a stuttering start to the new campaign and they will be desperate to return to winning ways on Saturday. However, they struggled against Valencia last season and their leaky defence should cause Ernesto Valverde some concern. It finished 1-1 when these teams met at the Mestalla last term and then 2-2 at Camp Nou, before Valencia beat Barca 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final. Valencia took a while to get going this season, but they picked up a 2-0 victory over Mallorca last time out and that should buoy them ahead of their trip to Catalonia.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Star player Lionel Messi is yet to feature for the club this summer and that has coincided with a poor run of form. The defending champions have taken just four points from their opening three games and they already trail league leaders Atletico Madrid by five points. Messi is unlikely to start in this game, while Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have also been absent since suffering injuries in the opening game of the season. New man Antoine Griezmann has led the line, flanked by youngster Carles Perez and utility player Rafinha. Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Samedo are also missing.</p><p>Valencia boast a number of quality players, including Dani Parejo, Jose Luis Gaya, Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo. They score plenty of goals, but they are not too solid at the back. Francis Coquelin is supposed to screen the defence, but he is often left exposed, and Valencia’s backline is a little shaky. They kept a clean sheet last time out, but they are unlikely to shut Griezmann out for 90 minutes on Saturday. Carlos Soler and Cristiano Piccini are long-term absentees for Valencia.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>This game really should yield plenty of goals. Barcelona lost 1-0 in Bilbao on the opening day of the season, but responded by trouncing Real Betis 5-2 at the Nou Camp. They then drew 2-2 with a distinctly unheralded Osasuna side in their last game. It appears that Valverde is yet to settle on his best midfield, and they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Valencia have the enough talent in their team to really test this struggling Barcelona defence, and we should be in for an open, entertaining match.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betway">Both teams to score at 1.73 (8/11) with Betway</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>