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Valencia v Barcelona Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

15:56 GMT 07/02/2018
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The second leg of this Copa Del Rey semi-final should be more open than last week's first leg and we are expecting goals at Mestalla on Thursday night

After a stunning start to the season, Valencia have suffered five defeats in a row and Los Che will need to produce something special to turn their Copa del Rey tie around.

Last week's first leg at the Camp Nou saw Barcelona record a 1-0 win, meaning a clean sheet at Mestalla would see the Blaugrana into the final once more.

Match odds

Paddy Power offer the visitors at 4/7 (1.57), with a home win priced at 4/1 (5.00) and the draw available at 10/3 (4.33).

Team news 

Lionel Messi was rested for the weekend visit to Espanyol and will come back into the starting eleven.

At centre-back meanwhile, Barca could give a debut to Colombian Yerry Mina with Thomas Vermaelen out injured.

The first leg saw Valencia visit the Camp Nou without Ezequiel Garay, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes and Simone Zaza - all of whom are first choice players.

All but Guedes, however, had recovered to feature in the weekend game at Atletico Madrid and will be pushing for a return on Thursday night.

Hosts to go for it at Mestalla

Valencia know they must score to have any chance of progressing and they will be a lot more attacking than in the first leg.

At the Camp Nou, Los Che barely threatened but at home with nearly a full strength team and needing to score at least once, we should expect the hosts to show much more attacking intent.

That in turn should lead to a more open game, although Valencia will retain some caution knowing that if Barca score, Los Che will need to net three times. 

Tips and predictions

Both team to score and over 2.5 goals is priced at 8/11 (1.73), which is a solid way to back an open game and has paid out in five of Valencia's last seven home games. 

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Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power