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Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valladolid

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Spanish La Liga continues with an irregular, midweek round, as Barcelona host Valladolid tonight at 21:15 (CET).

Title holders Barcelona will welcome Real Valladolid to the Camp Nou stadium in the 11th round of the 2019-20 La Liga campaign.

The Catalans are heading into the game after an extended break over the weekend, following the postponement of their El Clasico encounter with Real Madrid due to security reasons.

Granada took advantage of Barcelona’s weekend-off and took over the top of the table from the Blaugrana side with a 1-0 win over Betis last Sunday.

Barcelona’s last defeat in the season came to non-other than the new leaders, but the Catalans are on a six-game winning streak across all competitions since then. In their most recent outing, Ernesto Valverde’s side registered a 2-1 away victory over Slavia Praha in the UEFA Champions League.

Valladolid are in a fine form themselves, as they climbed up to the ninth place in La Liga’s standings with a 2-0 win against Eibar over the past weekend.

The Blanquivioletas will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they visit Barcelona at Camp Nou this evening. They have lost just two games in the 2019-20 campaign, as much as the defending champions.

Team news

Sergi Roberto was given the green light to return from the injury that he picked up in the clash against Eibar, but French central defender Samuel Umtiti will remain on the sidelines.

Ousmane Dembele will also watch the game from the stands, as he is still serving suspension, while South American duo Arthur Melo and Junior Firpo have been left out from the squad by Ernesto Valverde.

As for the visitors, former Barcelona forward and product of the renowned La Masia academy, Sandro Ramires will most likely miss the trip to Camp Nou, where he won two La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League between 2014 and 2016.

Javi Sanchez remains a doubt in defense, while in midfield all of Luismi, Ruben Alcaraz and Fede San Emeterio are set to miss the match.

Stats

Lionel Messi’s penalty was the difference between the sides in their most recent encounter, as Barca registered two 1-0 wins over the Blanquivioletas in the 2018-19 campaign.

Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Real Valladolid, with the only defeat coming away in March 2014 (1-0).

Real Valladolid have won just two of their 43 away matches against Barça, the last coming in November 1997 (1-2).

The Catalans haven’t lost any of their 18 matches played on Tuesday in LaLiga in the 21st century (15 wins 3 draws).

After losing his first four league games against Real Valladolid as a coach, Ernesto Valverde is now on a six-game winning run against them in the competition.

Real Valladolid is the only La Liga team (out of 27) that Luis Suarez hasn’t scored against since his move to Spain.

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