Soccer Picks: Valencia vs. Barcelona Betting Preview

Mike Richardson

Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:06 PM GMT

Expect the expected when Barcelona take on Valencia in Spain’s top flight next weekend, but if you follow your Humble Handicapper’s tips you can still make some money out of it.


Good news for Valencia!! Barcelona had to do without the services of Lionel Messi against Malaga on Sunday. Messi, who netted twice in Barcelona's 7-0 victory over Levante in the season opener, was not able to add to his tally at the weekend. The bad news for Valencia is that Barca still won.

Can anything stand in the way of the all-conquering Barcelona? Probably not, as Valencia have had about as much luck as a child trying to stop a herd of buffalo with the peashooter.

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That being said, they have twice managed to take a point from Barcelona and should take great solace from the fact the last two times this fixture was played the result was the same. Both those games ended drawn 1-1, something offered up at 10/1 in the soccer betting odds.

Looking at Barcelona's current form, they’ve scored seven goals twice and eight goals once in three of their last five matches. Granted, two of those results were in insignificant friendlies, but they didn't get their league campaign off to a storming 7-0 victory.

As for last Sunday's result 1-0, it’s still a victory and I expect more of the same from the reigning Spanish champions for my soccer picks.

Valencia have only managed to score a single goal in each of their two previous league games and one was a home victory while the other was a 3-1 away defeat.

I don't think Barcelona have anything to worry about in this match. The bookies agree a Barca win is at 1/2, a draw is at 10/3 and a Valencia win is at 11/2.

I don't think lightning will strike thrice in this much as Valencia taking a pair of points off Barca was probably just a luck for the people of Valencia. If you'd like to disregard those two results looking at the last five meetings between these two sides it's been Barcelona Barcelona and Barcelona. And all three of those victories were comprehensive. Valencia just aren't in the same sort of league as Barcelona, although they are technically in the same league.

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Looking at last season's table

Barcelona ended the 2013–14 season with 100 points and a goal difference of +75. Valencia may have been four places behind Barcelona, but they were 35 points and a whopping 62 goals worse off. Barcelona were only defeated twice last season and only dropped points 6 times. By comparison, fifth-place Valencia were defeated 11 times and managed just eight draws.

Once again, with Barcelona it isn't so much a question of who's in to win as it is just what the school will be. Take Barca for your sports picks.

Soccer Pick: Barcelona wins 2-0. Available at 17/2 odds with William Hill

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