Ddespite failing to win many matches recently, however, Valladolid have proved to be difficult to beat at home, having lost just one of their last nine league games at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, and William Hill price them at 12/1 (13.00) to record a much-needed victory.
A win for Barca is just as important but for very different reasons, with the Catalans knowing that three points would put them top of the table as Real Madrid play on Sunday.
Tata Martino's men can be backed at 2/9 (1.22), with the draw offered at 5/1 (6.00).
The gulf in quality between the two sides should see the visitors pick up a win but Valladolid are more than capable of scoring. Los Blanquivioletas have netted in all but three of their 12 league matches at home this season, while Barca have conceded in five of their last six matches on the road.
All this then points to a win for Barcelona and both teams scoring which is offered at a tempting price of 8/5 (2.60).
This bet has paid out 15 times in Barca's competitive fixtures this season including when the two sides met at Camp Nou back in October and looks to be an excellent selection offered at generous odds.
|Barcelona to win and both teams to score at 8/5 (2.60) 2.5pt stake with William Hill|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid