TIP OF THE DAY: Barcelona – Valencia: The Catalans want to return to second place, the “bats” are still not giving up on Europe!

On Monday, of course, the betting offer is much weaker than it has been in the previous few days, and this time we have analyzed the match at Montjuic where Barcelona will host Valencia. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9 PM.

Barcelona: Have the Catalans recovered from their defeat in El Clasico?

Unfortunately, this season looks set to be recorded as one of the most unsuccessful in the last twenty years, as the Catalans will end up without a single trophy. The club had high ambitions, especially after last season’s Spanish championship title and significant dominance. One of the key figures behind this was coach Xavi, who will interestingly leave the club at the end of this season, and it is still unknown who will succeed him at the helm of this Spanish giant. Currently, Barcelona is in third place on the table, one point behind second-placed Girona, who, to be fair, also has a game in hand, since the most pleasant surprise of the championship celebrated a tough away victory at Las Palmas on Saturday, ending 0-2.

As is well known, Barca was defeated in their last match, an away game against Real Madrid, with a score of 3-2, including a goal by Benzema in the final moments of the match, which certainly hit hard for everyone at the club, especially after the general impression that a clean goal for the team from Nou Camp was wrongly disallowed in the first half of the game. Before that, Xavi’s proteges had played several very good matches in the league, however, everything went downhill after that defeat by the royal club, and it is definite that Real Madrid will win the new championship title, which was particularly clear after this team’s triumph on Friday at a match at Real Sociedad.

Regarding cup competitions, in the Super Cup, the team from Catalonia was defeated in the grand final by Real Madrid with a convincing 4:1, while in the Copa del Rey, Barca was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Athletic Bilbao. Finally, the primary goal this season was the Champions League, but the former European champions were eliminated in the quarterfinals by PSG, despite playing quite well in the first match at the Parc des Princes. However, in the return match, the team from the French capital played a very good game and deservedly reached the semifinals among the top four European teams at the moment. For Barca, the remainder of the championship involves a fight for second place and the vice-championship title, however, it is certain that this is poor consolation for such a poor season.

Valencia: Can the “bats” reach Europe?

After several rather dry years, the impression is that this season Valencia is finally playing as we are all accustomed to. As things stand, it appears that the former Spanish champions may fight for a spot in European competitions until the last round, specifically for the Conference League qualifiers, as the popular “bats” are currently in eighth place in the table with two points less than seventh-placed Betis, but also four points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, noting that the sixth position ultimately leads to a placement in the Europa League.

Valencia started the season quite well, however, at one point, the team from Mestalla fell into a major crisis, and this has cost them a better position, although considering how things looked last season when this team saved itself from relegation literally in the last round, things are still quite good now. In the last five matches in the top tier of Spanish football, Valencia has achieved two victories, as many defeats, but also a draw at their stadium against Mallorca when there were no goals. In the last round, the eighth-placed team was defeated at their stadium by Betis, and it is certain that this loss was quite hard for everyone, especially since it involved a direct competitor in the battle for European qualification.

Before that, to be fair, Valencia won a very tough away game against Osasuna, and that match in Pamplona ended with a minimal victory for the visitors. The “bats” have not appeared on the European stage for quite a long time, not since 2020, when the Spanish representative was eliminated in the Champions League round of 16 by Atalanta. Looking back at this club’s away performances, Valencia has played sixteen away matches so far and achieved only five victories, three draws, and as many as eight losses, however, we must also mention that this team has recorded as many victories in their last two away matches, which is certainly one of the main reasons why the players of this team travel in very good spirits to the match against the favored Barcelona.

Our Betting Suggestions

Barcelona will give their all to secure a victory, if for no other reason, then to overtake Girona, while Valencia still has a chance, albeit not too great, to qualify for the Conference League. First of all, it seems that this duel in Catalonia will bring plenty of goals, which is why we advise you to try the over 2.5 goals bet, which Mozzartbet offers at odds of 1.60.

It is expected that the guests will score at least one goal against Barcelona, who, for instance, conceded a total of seven goals in their last two matches, so we advise you to focus on the t2 over 0.5 goals bet with odds of 1.67 at Mozzartbet.

Finally, perhaps the ideal prediction for this duel between two former champions of Spain, is the Both Teams to Score (gg) bet, for which Mozzartbet has set the odds at 1.75.

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