FC Barcelona vs. Valencia / La Liga – Derby in this round of La Liga, because it is played between the leader and third ranked team on the table, however, Barcelona has a great 13 points advantage over Valencia, so this duel is not a big deal, and the host can be quiet because and they are 11 points away from the second-ranked team. There is not too much pressure for Valencia because they have practically secured at least the 4th place and the Champions League, and they would certainly like to be second. Barcelona is shaken by the unexpected elimination from the Champions League, while Valencia is back in great rhythm and they have a series of five championship victories. In the first part of the season these rivals have played 1-1 on Mestalla. Begins: 14.04.2018. – 16:15 CET
Barcelona has suffered a difficult blow on Tuesday in the rematch of the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Roma and from the season that seemed practically perfect, it all turned into a great disappointment, although they still have the opportunity to win two trophies. It is almost certain that they will win the Champions League title, unless there is a bigger miracle than the one that happened in Rome.
Absolutely no one expected that the Catalans will after the victory of 4-1 experience elimination, especially not from the team like Roma, which does not yet belong to the European top. Obviously, the players from Barcelona have completely underestimated them and played nonchalantly, as though they were convinced in the passage and it all backfired. They lost with 3-0 and created just a few opportunities, so it can be said that this was the worst game this season. There will certainly be some changes in the composition for this duel, and Rakitic will not be in the team due to injury.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, J.Alba – Busquets, Paulinho, Coutinho – Dembele, Messi, L.Suarez
Valencia is in a completely different mood than their host, because this team has already achieved their goal this season, which is placement among the first four teams, which means they will play the Champions League next season. They are also a team that is currently in the best form in La Liga and they have made eight wins in the previous nine rounds, with a draw in Bilbao. The last defeat they suffered was at the start of February in Madrid from Atletico, and after that they lost to Barcelona in the Cup.
They are now in a series of five wins and they have received only one goal in that period, and they have resolved the previous two duels in their favour with 1-0 against Leganes and Espanyol. In both duels, the decision-maker was Rodrigo, who was the shooter in all five of the aforementioned triumphs in the series. There are no major problems with the injuries, and only Coquelin is out action, while G.Paulista will take a breather this time.
Probable lineups Valencia: Neto – R.Vezo, Garay, Murillo, Gaya – Parejo, Soler, Kondogbia, Guedes – Zaza, Rodrigo
FC Barcelona vs. Valencia PICK
This derby does not come in good time for Barcelona because the wounds are fresh after the elimination from the Champions League and therefore we expect Valencia to use it and make a lot of problems with the Catalans, since they are really in good shape.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at williamhill (down to 1.60 can be played)