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[Spanish Copa Del Rey] Valencia VS FC Barcelona 9.2 [Copy Link]

Valencia: Five straight defeats ( Recent Form: L L L L L )
Valencia with five official defeats in a row is not exactly in shape, although the club got from the orange city with Real Madrid-home (4-1), FC Barcelona-home (1-0) and Atletico Madrid-out (1-0) in a time frame of barely six days a heavy program to choose. The team of trainer Marcelino did in all those duels, although struggling, but still always the shortest end. Even in the first match against FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou, the team hardly gave away any chances - only Luis Suarez managed to pass goalkeeper Jaume Domenech halfway through the second half. Despite Valencia being able to fend off in the Camp Nou, Marcelino got a lot of criticism from his own fans. They would have preferred a more offensive Valencia. Still, I could understand his tactics, because outside perhaps Santi Mina all attackers have trouble scoring the last few weeks. This has mainly to do with the injury sensitivity of creative pivot Goncalo Guedes, who has been struggling for a while with a leg injury. Last Monday, however, the Portuguese returned to the training field, so maybe he is Thursday's secret weapon of Marcelino. On the other hand, the coach will not want to take unnecessary risks, because a top four classification in La Liga remains the main objective of Los Che. I suspect that Marcelino will choose the golden mean and put his vedette on the bench. Depending on the score, the playmaker could possibly make his appearance. However, without the direct input of the Portuguese, I fear that Valencia will once again have great problems with scoring. Former player Adrian Ilie, who helped the club in 1999 thanks to a victory over FC Barcelona at the Copa del Rey, is confident: "We have a good team, a good trainer and play in the Mestalla. I'm sure the fans will support the team with their support to a final place. '

FC Barcelona: FC Lionel Messi ( Recent Form: W W W W D )
FC Barcelona is doing a great job this season, because with 58 points from 22 rounds, the Blaugrana have their best league start ever and can hardly miss the Spanish league title. The Catalan hunger for prizes, however, is far from being satisfied, because with the Copa del Rey and the Champions League still to go, the top club this year makes a serious attempt to win the treble. However, even the inaccessible FC Barcelona has its weak spots. This way the team can not do without Lionel Messi, so it became clear again last weekend. Valverde gave his talisman a rest and promptly the redblue ran into the city derby against Espanyol: 1-1. Just before time, Gerard Pique drew the score again, indicating Lionel Messi, who came in as a substitute. With twenty goals and ten assists, this small Argentinian is directly involved in no less than thirty of the sixty Catalan league goals this season. Incidentally, playing Messi is no guarantee of success, because also with the number ten in the lines FC Barcelona last week was very difficult to get the tough Valencia on the knees. Valverde will not save anyone against Valencia anyway. Jasper Cillessen is known as the regular cup goalkeeper and so first choice Marc-Andre Ter Stegen can watch from the bench, but otherwise the coach will take on full strength. However, FC Barcelona has some problems in the middle of the back, because both Thomas Vermaelen and Gerard Pique do not seem to get the return due to minor injuries. The chances are that the Colombian winter purchase Yerry Mina, who came over from the Brazilian Palmeiras, will make his debut on Thursday evening. Other possible options include fitting FC Barcelona B defender David Costas or Sergio Busquets backwards.

After all, Barca's history is more than the opponent's professional win (6 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss). The "upper door" makes the Giants are often high odds but the fragile victory makes them defeat the Asian handicap more. There are seven matches in the top 10, with 2 draws and one win. All they have to do is move on, so Captain Valverde understands that they do not have to bend over Valencia. Predictions for the next 90 minutes will be tight matches for both teams. With the recent turmoil on away field, Barca's ability to win is not high.

Valencia  VS  FC Barcelona

O/U Pick: Under 3.25 @ 1.93.

SPA CUP    03:30    FT     Valencia    0 - 2    FC Barcelona
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