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Valencia vs Barcelona: Match Preview & Prediction

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Team News

 Valencia
  • Jeison Murillo is missing at centre-back for the home side, which is a very big miss.
  • Valencia will start with Gabriel and Ezequiel Garay at the heart of the defence as a result, with few other surprises.
  • Simone Zaza should make a start, ahead of getting some treatment on a long-standing injury. He will give whatever he can before facing time on the sidelines.
 Barcelona
  • Gerard Pique misses out due to suspension for the away side after picking up a booking against Leganes last time out.
  • Thomas Vermaelen will be forced to feature at centre-back, with Javier Mascherano currently out due to injury.
  • Paco Alcacer should continue on the right-hand side, with Luis Suarez featuring up top after recapturing some goalscoring form of late.

Match Facts

Barcelona have won 18 of their last 19 matches (La Liga)

Valencia have won their last 8 matches (La Liga).

Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 18 of their last 19 matches (La Liga).

Valencia have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches (La Liga).

Valencia have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 home matches (La Liga).

Barcelona are undefeated in 21 of their last 23 matches against Valencia in all competitions.

Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full timein 6 of their last 8 matches (La Liga).

Valencia have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches (La Liga).

Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Valencia‘s last 4home games (La Liga).

Valencia have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.

Valencia have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.

Prediction

  • Valencia have won their last eight games in La Liga and sit just four points off first-placed Barcelona. Marcelino’s men have made a lot of progress in a short space of time, but this is their biggest test at Mestalla yet.
  • Both of these sides are unbeaten in the Spanish top flight, with Los Che dropping just two points at home since the start of the campaign. They’ll be confident that they get give the visitors a very tough test indeed.
  • Barcelona have only dropped points on the road against Atletico Madrid this season, but Marcelino is bound to have planned meticulously for their visit. The away side have scored in every game this season and that trend should continue.
Prediction:

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Monaco vs Paris Saint Germain: Match Preview & Prediction

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Team News

 Monaco
  • Djibril Sidibé and Thomas Lemar remain doubts through injury, and look to be joined by Stevan Jovetic.
  • Almamy Touré seems to have lost the trust of Leonardo Jardim this season, but could be given a chance here.
  • If Jardim opts to match PSG’s 4-3-3 system with his own, Rachid Ghezzal should be preferred to Rony Lopes owing to his success in that system at Lyon.
Paris Saint Germain
  • Yuri Berchiche and Thomas Meunier should come back into defence, per Unai Emery’s habit of rotating his full-backs.
  • Javier Pastore could start in central midfield, with Julian Draxler also an option.
  • Kylian Mbappé didn’t make an appearance in the win over Nantes, but should start here after scoring in midweek.

Match Facts

Monaco have won 15 of their last 16 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have won 11 of their last 13 matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in 13 of their last 15 away matches (Ligue 1).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG‘s last 6 games (Ligue 1).

Monaco have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

Monaco have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against PSG in all competitions.

PSG have won their last 3 matches against Monaco in all competitions.

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Monaco in all competitions.

Prediction

  • A hotly anticipated match a month ago, Monaco’s recent stumbles have taken some of the lustre off of this encounter. Injuries have played their part, but the defence has also looked suspect at times, with Jemerson’s own goal against RB Leipzig punctuating a downturn in form from the Brazilian.
  • Paris Saint-Germain continue to cruise after demolishing Celtic 7-1 in midweek, but could suffer from fatigue given their lack of options in midfield.
Prediction:

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