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Spain Round 36

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Valladolid vs Barcelona Preview:

Possible starting lineups:

Valladolid:
Masip; Fernandez, Sanchez, El Yamiq; Rosa, Monchu, Aguado, Olaza; Plata, Marin, Leon

Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha

Valladolid host Barcelona at Estadio Jose Zorilla on Tuesday night. The two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. While Barsa are new champions, the hosts are deeply involved into the relegation battle. They are third from the bottom with 35 points. Getafe also have 35 points, but they are out of the drop zone thanks to the goal-difference. Valladolid are in awful form at the moment, losing five matches in a row. Coach Paulo Pezzolano feels huge pressure and must find a way to stop the poor series. It won't be easy at all, the Catalans are very strong, but the situation is critical. But the poor form isn't the only worry for the coach. He also has injury and suspension worries. Pezzolano will be missing Luis Perez, Selim Amallah and Anuar Tuhami through injury, while Martin Hongla is suspended after saw a red card against Cadiz on Friday. Some changes are possible with Alvaro Aguado and Lucas Olaza providing fresh legs. Considering the fact they need three points from this match, Pezzolano could introduce Gonzalo Plata as third striker.

Barcelona are new champions in La Liga. They have collect 85 points, 13 more than second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 more than third Real Madrid. Xavi did an excellent job and I believe the fans are pleased. The current form is good, but they suffered a home defeat to Real Sociedad this weekend. Prior to the Saturday's loss, they managed to beat Betis, Osasuna and Espanyol. Maybe the lack of motivation is the reason for the defeat, maybe it's something else, however, I am sure Xavi will like to finish the season in style. The four defeats in La Liga this season should be enough, particularly because the next opponents are not too strong - 12th Mallorca at home and 15th Celta in Vigo. Xavi will want to end a hugely successful domestic season on a positive note. The fact that two of those three games are on road should not be a problem as Blaugrana have the best away record in Spain's top flight this season. The upcoming summer transfer window should give the answers about Lionel Messi. He is the top target of Laporta, but the financial situation could be a problem for the club President. Xavi is likely to have a full squad for this game, including the recently recovered Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong.

Valladolid vs Barcelona Prediction:

Barcelona are dominant in the mutual games with Valladolid, even as guests. The Catalans have won six of their last seven away games with Valladolid. The reverse fixture ended in a 4:0 win for the Blaugrana. However, the motivation is completely on Valladolid side. The guests have nothing to play for, but pride. Considering these facts, I think there will be goals on both sides.

Valladolid vs Barcelona Pick: Both teams to score - Yes @ 1.62 with Pinnacle
 
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