After going three matches without a victory in all competitions, Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s side
Their weekend opponents, meanwhile, are floating precariously above the relegation zone, having drawn 0-0 with Villarreal a week ago.
|Game||Barcelona vs Real Valladolid|
|Date||Saturday, February 16|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET|
|Stream ( |
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1.
|UK TV channel||Online |
|Eleven Sports 1|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Pena|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi, Murillo, Vermaelen|
|Midfielders||Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Boateng, Alena, Roberto|
|Forwards||Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, |
Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Alena, Sergio, Vidal; Messi, Prince, Dembele
|Position||Real Valladolid squad|
|Defenders||Calero, Joaquin, Kiko, Moyano, Angulo, Nacho|
|Midfielders||Borja Fernandez, Anuar, Keko, Herrero, Villa, Verde|
|Forwards||Guardiola, Unal, Cop, Plaza|
Valladolid starting XI: Masip; Antonito, Joaquin, Olivas, Calero, Nacho; Michel, Anuar; Verde; Sergi Guardiola, Enes Unal
Betting & Match Odds
Barcelona are hot 1/7 favourites with Bet365, while Real Valladolid
With no midweek action and the return of the Champions League, it’s been a relatively low-key build up for Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Real Valladolid.
During this quiet period, Barca
However, things are about to take a step up in intensity for Ernesto Valverde’s side over the coming days, with a trip to Lyon in Europe set to follow quickly on the heels of this encounter.
Meanwhile, Ajax’s encounter against Real Madrid gave fans a glimpse of
The midfielder has been dubbed “perfect” for the Catalans by Patrick Kluivert.
“When he receives the ball, he already knows where to play it, he always looks for vertical passes towards other central midfielders or strikers,” the Dutchman said.
That will be music to the ears of Lionel Messi, who is expected to stay at the club “forever”, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“He has told us that he wants to continue. We have offered him a new contract over five years and I hope we will continue discussing the deal,” he told RKB.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Argentine has been to the forefront of Valladolid’s thinking over the course of the last week to, although Sergio Gonzalez has warned there is far more to Barca than the diminutive Argentine, who may even be rotated out of the team given his recent injury concerns.
“It would be wrong for us to focus on Messi,” Gonzalez said. “We do everything as a squad, and if we have to stop Messi, we will also do it as a squad.”
He even hinted he would be rather relieved not to see the 29-goal forward on the field.
“I always think the best players have to be on the park, but if Ernesto decides to give him
After a scoreless draw against Villarreal and an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Huesca, the pressure is on the strugglers to bounce back but it promises to be an immense test.