Barcelona v Valencia: Copa Del Rey Final Betting Tips

Martin Green

Monday, May 20, 2019 12:33 PM UTC

Monday, May. 20, 2019 12:33 PM UTC

Barcelona and Valencia will head to Seville on Saturday to lock horns in an eagerly anticipated Copa del Rey final.
<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><div><h2>Barcelona v Valencia</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Barcelona v Valencia">Saturday, May 25, at 9pm</a><br />Estadio Benito Villamarín</p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>Ernesto Valverde’s men are bidding to win the Spanish league and cup double for the second season in a row. Last year they won La Liga at a canter and then thrashed Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final, and they cruised to the league title once again this season. Victory over Valencia on Saturday would help ease the pain of the Champions League humiliation they suffered at Anfield last month. They battered Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final and wrapped up the league title with several games to spare.</p><p>However, Valencia are in fine form right now and they could make life difficult for Lionel Messi and co. They won their last three league games of the season to leapfrog Getafe and secure a top four berth, so they should be full of confidence ahead of this clash. They ended up winning seven of their last 10 La Liga matches to soar up the table, and they swept Getafe and Real Betis aside to surge into the Copa del Rey final. Yet they did lose home and away against Arsenal in the Europa League and that suggests their defence can be taken apart by a bold and dynamic attack.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>It is hard to imagine a more devastating attacker than Messi right now. The mercurial Argentinean is in terrific form, and he took his tally for the season to 50 goals in 50 games when he hit a brace against Eibar last weekend. Barcelona and Valencia have met twice this season, and both finished all-square. Messi was on target in a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla back in October, and he scored both goals as they drew 2-2 at the Nou Camp in February. He looks like a great option to score first in this game or to score at any time.</p><p>Messi should be fit to start for Barcelona, who will be without Luis Suarez. Barca also have concerns over Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Athur and Nelson Samedo. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is fit to play in this game after recovering from a knee injury. Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo and Dan Parejo are Valencia’s main men and they should all be fit for this game.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>Valencia will be emboldened by those draws, but Barcelona really should triumph here if they put their minds to it, in spite of their injury concerns. They will be devastated at the nature of their Champions League exit, but this represents a golden opportunity to end the season on a high note. They are best priced at 8/15 (1.53) with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> to win it, and <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> has a tempting 33/40 (1.83) on <strong>Barca -1 Asian handicap</strong>. Messi versus Gabriel Paulista looks like an unfair fight, and that could make all the difference. You might also consider <strong>both teams to score and over 2.5 goals</strong>, as both of these sides have been strong going forwards and a little shaky at the back in recent weeks.</p></div>
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