Fresh off their European escapades in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night against SSC Napoli, FC Barcelona will need to quickly turn their attention to La Liga action as the football comes thick and fast for Xavi and his players.
Indeed, the game against the Italian Serie A outfit will have been draining both physically and mentally, however the Catalans will not be able to rest too easy or for long as the hard games continue to come.
Wedge in between the UEFA Europa League legs with SSC Napoli is the small matter of Sunday’s La Liga fixture with Valencia.
Los Che, despite the fact that they are struggling in the division currently, are always a tough proposition if not prepared correctly to play against.
However, it would seem that many believe Xavi’s men should be able to obtain and acquire all three points on the day when the two teams meet at the Mestalla, with Betway Sportsbook pricing Barcelona as 21/20 favourites to overcome the potentially difficult challenge.
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Given the La Liga positions of both sides, it is perhaps not a surprise to see the Catalan’s favoured as the potential winners of this contest.
However, when you take a closer look at the form of La Blaugrana, there must be some concern about whether the team is able to get all three points from the trip.
To say their form is patchy would perhaps be an understatement and something that perhaps hides just how bad some would suggest it currently is.
Prior to the contest with SSC Napoli in the UEFA Europa League first leg, FC Barcelona has managed to win just two of their last five games across all competitions, having lost two and drawn one – their recent derby match with RCD Espanyol 2-2 which saw Gerard Pique be sent off late on.
Included in those two defeats for Xavi’s side were those to Real Madrid and Club Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de Espana Semi-final and the Copa del Rey Round of 16 respectively.
Although they are currently fourth in the La Liga table, performances need to improve immediately for them if they are to obtain qualification to the UEFA Champions League without having to rely on winning the Europa League.
A win against Valencia could go a long way in showing that improvement, though.