Barcelona vs Valencia Copa del Rey Final Predictions

Barcelona vs Valencia
Barcelona vs Valencia Copa del Rey Final

The match is over.
Score: 1-2.

The showpiece event of the Spanish football season takes place on Saturday evening as Barcelona attempt to complete a fourth league and cup ‘double’ in five years as they take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final in Seville.

Predictions

Barcelona are one match from completing the double of La Liga and the Copa del Rey – should they win it would be their fourth such achievement in the space of five seasons.

The Blaugrana finished a whopping 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga and 19 from Real Madrid in the Spain title race but have traditionally found Valencia a tricky opposition – whom they drew twice with this year.

Valencia are in their centenary year and completing the season – which included a fourth-place finish and Europa League semi-final – with silverware would be hugely fitting.

Los Che have eliminated Ebro, Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Real Betis to reach the final, while Barcelona downed El Clasico rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will be slight favourites to win this game but they have a series of first-players out injured while Valencia go into the game with greater momentum.

The Catalan giants are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 2-2 draw at full-time with the game ultimately being decided on penalties could be the likely outcome.

Betting Tips

The last meeting between these sides – back at the start of February – produced four goals as the two played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou, in which more goals could and maybe should have been scored. In Valencia’s last four matches, a total of 20 goals have flown in while for Barcelona there have been 10 across their last three matches. Goals in this game are highly likely and makes this among the best online betting odds for this round of fixtures, with 888Sport pricing it at 11/8.

Three of the last four La Liga meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, including each match this season – a 1-1 draw in Valencia followed by a 2-2 stalemate at the Camp Nou. Indeed, no side in Spain’s top flight drew more league matches this season than Los Che (16) while Barcelona have had a reasonably high number (nine) themselves. 888 Sport have valued this outcome at a tempting 10/3 for this clash.

Statistics

Head to Head

Barcelona came from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou in February, following a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla in October. Valencia’s last victory in the clash came nine fixtures ago – a 2-1 win in Barcelona in 2016.

Stats

  • Barcelona are aiming for their fourth domestic double in five years and their fifth successive Copa del Rey title.
  • Valencia’s last triumph in the competition came in 2008, when they defeated Getafe 2-1 in the showpiece.
  • The Blaugrana have lost just four games across two full league campaigns under Ernesto Valverde and two of those defeats have come after the league title had already been won.
  • Los Che won just four matches in the first half of their La Liga campaign, but won 11 times in the second half – to go from 15th in the standings to a fourth-place finish.

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A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.

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