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Live La Liga Preview: Valencia v Barcelona Betting Tips

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The pick of Sunday’s action sees the top two in Spain lock horns in what will hopefully be the latest chapter in a recent string of great battles between the two. And you can watch the drama unfold live with Unibet TV from 7:45PM.

Not only that, but you can also place a bet on the game live in play to crank the excitement up to 11. If you ever needed an excuse to get out of watching the Xfactor, this is surely it.

Can Los Che Keep Defying The Odds?

After several years of disappointment, Valencia finally seem to be back among the big boys thanks to a phenomenal return of 30 points out of a possible 36. Marcelino has certainly restored a sense of confidence around the Mestalla. If they can upset the league leaders in this one, their title bid could be well and truly on.

A lot of people will think it’s premature to think about that but after finishing outside the top four in four of the last five seasons, this is shaping up to be a great campaign for Los Che. A run of nine competitive wins on the spin shows they mean business, and not least in the attacking third where Simone Zaza and Rodrigo Moreno are scoring goals for fun.

Valencia’s quality isn’t limited to the attack, though. Marcelino’s meticulous detail in training has clearly paid off all over the pitch, which has helped them remain unbeaten in all competitions up to this point despite having played both Madrid clubs and Sevilla.

Still, this will be their hardest challenge to date, especially if Barcelona are on song.

Barca Bidding For Daylight

Having won all but one of their opening 12 Liga fixtures, Barcelona are already 10 points clear ahead of both Madrid clubs heading into this weekend, although that could change before kick-off. However, it’s Valencia who are their closest challenge so far. Should Ernesto Valverde’s men clinch the win here, the gap will be extended to seven points. Even at this stage, it would be hard to see them dropping the title from there.

This Barcelona team may not boast the same blockbuster factor since Neymar’s departure, but Paulinho has done well since moving to the Camp Nou while Luis Suarez and the incredible Lionel Messi continue to produce the goods too. With Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings in midfield, this side is still capable of magic.

Barca seem to have a good balance right now while Valverde’s impact has certainly restored confidence following the disappointment of Luis Enrique’s final game at the helm. Having played in Turin on Wednesday, a lack of preparation time may give Valencia a slightly better chance.

Still, if the visitors perform as they have, it’ll be hard to see them leaving the Mestalla without at least a share of the spoils. Whatever happens, it should be a fascinating battle.

Valencia v Barcelona Betting

Even with home advantage, Valencia are the underdogs in this one and can be backed at 14/5 with Unibet for the win. Barcelona are available at 9/10 while the draw is priced 14/5.

The Liga’s top two lead the way in terms of goals scored this tern, notching an incredible 32 and 33 goals respectively after the first 12 matches. When combined with the fact that last season’s head-to-head encounters produced six and five goals too, there’s every reason to believe this will be a game of action.

Three of the division’s top four scorers are on the pitch while Suarez is sure to pose a threat too. Four or more goals looks more than possible.

For all the attacking options out there, Messi remains the main attraction. The league’s top scorer dropped to the bench in midweek so will be eager to underline his status as the star man in this massive fixture. We’re backing him to score twice.

Over 3.5 match goals @ 23/20 with Unibet
Lionel Messi to score 2+ goals @ 7/2 with Unibet
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