Kick-off: 2100, 25/05/2019
Stadium: Benito Villamarin
Barcelona will be seeking a fifth straight Copa del Rey triumph when taking on Valencia and they tend to turn on the style in the Spanish cup final.
The Blaugrana thumped Sevilla 5-0 last season to make it 13 goals netted in the previous four deciders, so we’re expecting to be entertained again this weekend.
Punters can get 19/20 for the favourites to oblige and over 2.5 goals in the game and that is our opening Barcelona vs Valencia prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona closed their La Liga campaign with a slightly sloppy 2-2 draw at Eibar, but Lionel Messi’s double ensured they still ended up 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
The Catalan giants have had to survive a few nervous moments in this competition, but strong second legs saw them through.
Sevilla were thrashed 6-1 at Camp Nou following a 2-0 loss at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while Real Madrid were beaten 3-0 at the Bernabeu after a 1-1 draw on home turf.
Those results illustrate how Ernesto Valverde’s side can step up to another level when necessary, which augurs well for this clash.
Messi has broken the deadlock in two of the last four finals and bagged all three of the goals Barca have struck against Valencia this season.
Looking at the 19/20 for the Argentina ace to score at anytime in a win for the Blaugrana is another rock-solid option.
A Look At Valencia’s Betting Odds
Valencia will take heart from drawing twice against Barca in La Liga, with the scoreline being 1-1 at the Mestalla in October and 2-2 at Camp Nou in February.
Los Che led in both of those matches and go into this game in decent spirits after closing with three straight domestic victories, netting 11 times in the process.
They have knocked out Ebro, Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Real Betis to get this far, although only by 3-2 aggregate victories in the last couple of rounds.
Finishing 26 points behind Barca in the table and losing 7-3 to Arsenal over two games in the Europa League semis probably illustrates their limitations.
Let’s finish off our Barcelona vs Valencia betting tips by taking 21/2 for Messi and Co to prevail 3-1, as they did against Athletic Bilbao in 2015 and Alaves a couple of years ago.
Eibar 2-2 BARCELONA – Lionel Messi (2)
Valladolid 0-2 VALENCIA – Carlos Soler Barragan, Rodrigo Moreno
Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-2 Valencia, Valencia 1-1 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-1 Valencia, Valencia 0-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-0 Valencia, Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
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