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Primera División

  • October 5, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 64659
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Real Valladolid

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Real Valladolid

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The Catalans can rack up their eighth successive win in la Liga by defeating Juan Ignacio Martinez's struggling side at Camp Nou.

Barcelona will look to maintain its perfect record in the Primera Division this season when it hosts lowly Real Valladolid on Saturday.

Gerardo Martino's side has won all seven of its league fixtures in the Primera Division so far, scoring 24 goals and conceding just five. By contrast, the visitors sit 16th in the table with just one win to their name, a 1-0 home victory over Getafe at the end of August.

Valladolid has suffered defeat against Barcelona in each of the last seven league meetings, conceding 23 goals in the process, and it last tasted victory in this fixture with a 2-1 home success in October 2002. Overall, Valladolid has won just three times in 30 meetings between the two sides, and the last triumph at Camp Nou came in November 1997.

Barca's last league outing ended in a 2-0 win at Almeria, while on Tuesday Cesc Fabregas' header gave the Blaugrana a 1-0 win at 10-man Celtic in the Champions League. Martino's charges remain unbeaten in all competitions this season, with only the two draws against Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana blighting their record.

By contrast, Valladolid is winless in the last four games and currently sits just two places and three points above the bottom three.

The hosts will again be without Lionel Messi, who is out for 2-to-3 weeks with the hamstring injury that he suffered in a win at Almeria shortly after scoring his 11th goal of the season.

Meanwhile, Valladolid midfielder Victor Perez will miss the trip to Catalunya, after undergoing surgery on a fractured left tibia, and he is not expected to return to action until January. The quartet of Alvaro Rubio, Oscar, Lluis Sastre and Daniel Larsson will also all be absent, while Valdet Rama is a doubt after pulling up in training.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Real Valladolid

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol Real Valladolid
90%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 1
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol VLD

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