Valladolid vs Barcelona Betting Tip – Barca to win by 1 goal – 22nd December 2020

Barca can get a hard-earned away win at Valladolid

Roque Mesa / Real Valladolid ©imago images / ZUMA Wire December 19, 2020

SpainValladolid vs Barcelona Spain
22nd December 2100hrs
Football – Spain – La Liga
Pick barcelona to win by a 1 goal margin
Bookmaker William Hill
Odds: 11/4 odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December

Valladolid will kick off on Tuesday night in the drop zone of the Spanish top flight. So this isn’t an ideal game for them.

But they have only been beaten once in their last six league fixtures and even a point against Barcelona would be precious.

A point is what Barcelona had to settle for on the weekend in a thrilling home draw against Valencia.

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Valladolid Preview – Can Valladolid avoid defeat?

It has been a W2 D3 L2 home record from Valladolid in this season’s La Liga.

On the weekend they played out a good away draw at Sevilla which leaves them with only the one loss in their last six.

The one defeat in that sequence happened at current league leaders Atletico Madrid.

So there has been some resilience from them although they badly need a boost of wins.

One big positive for them is that they have remained undefeated in their three home games played this season against teams currently in the top half of the table (W1 D2).

Valladolid are the 6/1 underdogs in the match outright for this game* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December).

They are currently running on a three-match undefeated streak of home form, winning two of those.

There has not been a clean sheet from them on home soil this season, however.

Home and away all season, they have yet to bank a clean sheet in the top flight.

So that has been a big area of concern for them and where they could be tripped up.

Only two teams currently have worse defensive records than Valladolid do.

Our betting prediction:
Draw/Barca HT/FT
3/1

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(odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December)

 

Valladolid have lost their last two home games against Barcelona by a 1-0 scoreline. So we probably aren’t looking at big margins.

Valladolid have actually opened the scoring in four of their seven home games this season, which isn’t a bad return at all.

But a repeat 1-0 correct score for Barcelona is at 15/2 odds* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December).

A 1-0 scoreline has appeared in four of the last five La Liga meetings between the two clubs, Valladolid winning only one of those four.

Home and away Valladolid have beaten Barcelona once in their last seventeen fixtures against them.

 

Barcelona Preview – Can Barca get back to winning ways?

It has been a bit of a stuttering season for Barcelona in the top flight. But they are undefeated in three now, winning two of those.

On the weekend they played out an exciting 2-2 home draw against Valencia which leaves them with an overall W6 D3 L4 league record for the campaign.

It’s their away form which makes for really interesting reading. That is because they have failed to win any of their last four road games in the top flight, losing three of those four.

Barcelona are only W1 D1 L3 on their travels this season in La Liga action.

But they are the 2/5 odds on favourites for one on Tuesday* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December).

They do, after all, having that strong head to head record against Valladolid.

Surprisingly it has only been an average of a goal per game away from home for Barcelona this season.

That’s compared to an average of 2.5 goals per game at the Nou Camp.

So that’s a big area which they have come up short and you’d expect a higher output than that.

Barcelona have been trailing at the halftime break in three of their five games.

Another way to look at that is, opponents are figuring out how to stifle them and shut them down.

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Barcelona have scored four of their five away goals this season in the second half of games.

So they have been slow starters to road games which could lend a little bit of value to a Draw/Barcelona HT/FT option in football betting at 3/1* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December).

It has been an uncharacteristically poor season from them on their travels.

They currently hold the joint-worst away record in the league alongside Osasuna.

But overall, home and away, Barcelona are the joint top scorers in the division.

But they have only managed to score more than one goal away from home on one occasion this season.

Barca would probably be happy enough with a narrow, low-scoring win in midweek.

 

Valladolid vs Barcelona Betting Advice

An interesting game is featured here because of the poor away form of Barcelona. That throws a question mark over them.

But it is not enough to avoid us rolling with them to get the three points on the board.

But with a bit of away tension building for them and the quick turnaround in fixtures, we don’t see a big margin.

A Barcelona to win by a 1 goal margin is at 11/4* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December).

 

Key Facts – Valladolid vs Barcelona Betting Tip

  • Valladolid have won one of their last 17 against Barca
  • Valladolid are undefeated in their three games against top-half of the table teams
  • Barcelona have lost three of their last four road games (D1)

 

Given the fact that Barcelona have been struggling early in away games, the other football betting option comes from the HT/FT market.

The Draw/Barcelona option is very interesting there at 3/1 for some longer odds* (odds taken 21:34 GMT on Monday, 21st December)

We do expect Barca to get the win, but as the recent head to head shows, it will likely be a hard-earned three points.

 

The best betting odds for Valladolid vs Barcelona

Valladolid to win: 12/1 at Bet365
Draw: 13/5 at Bet365
Barcelona to win: 10/11 at Bet365