Three times put Barcelona in the semifinals of the King’s Cup and made the team of Ernesto Valverde equal a record set by the brilliant Pepe Guardiola. The first ‘bonus’ of this series will be received this Thursday, February 1st. The Catalan team will receive Valencia at the Camp Nou opening the duel valid for the semifinals of the 2017/2018 edition of the King’s Cup Spain. The start is scheduled for 18:30 (Brasília time).
At this stage of the tournament, the definitions are in round-robin bouts. The second meeting was scheduled for February 8 in Valencia. The team that scores the most points added to both games advances. If there is a tie, goal balance and goals scored as a visitor are the first two tiebreaker criteria.
Barcelona’s recent performance
One of Barcelona’s three starts was obtained in the 180-minute quarter-final of the King’s Cup. In the Catalunya classic, the powerful side took 1-0 of poor cousin Espanyol. However, in the second match, he scored 2-0 in the first half and remained in the fight to win the tournament’s two-time title.
The other two turns were made in matches of 90 minutes by the Spanish Championship. The first of them happened before Real Sociedad in the house of the rival. It was the most difficult of them. Barça were 2-0 away from the scoreboard, but it ended with a 4-2 success.
The second took place on Sunday, January 28, at Camp Nou. In the first match of the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, the most expensive signing in the history of the club as a starter, Alavés made it 1-0. In the second half, with Lionel Messi goals (21 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, 20 goals) and Luis Suárez (18 games, 16 goals), came to 2-1.
Reaching the 57 points (18 wins and three draws) of 63 played, he equaled the record of 21 games without losing in sequence in the Spanish Championship established in 2009/2010 by the squad of Pepe Guardiola. It will be up to Espanyol, the opponent of the next round of LaLiga on Sunday, February 4, to try to avoid breaking the record, which will be obtained only with the draw.
While the new edition of the classic does not arrive, Barça have Valencia, one of the few rivals that could not defeat in the first round of the Spanish Championship, as an obstacle. Again Coutinho must be scaled as a starter. Among Valverde’s medical doubts are defender Thomas Vermaelen (eight games, no goal); the Orioles Busquets (without performances), Andre Gomes (11 matches, no goal) and Jose Manuel Diaz (one match, no goal); and striker Osmane Dembelé (four games, no goal).
Current form of Valencia
Valencia reached its third defeat on Saturday, January 27. At home, he was hit by Real Madrid. It took 4 to 1. Nevertheless did not lose the third place of the Spanish Championship. Has 40 points (12 wins, four draws and five losses). It is in the direct qualifying zone for the UEFA Champions League group stage, a result that would be extraordinary for a club that has spent the last two seasons battling relegation.
However, the defeat happened precisely in that game that often opens the starting nickname of six points. Their closest rival in the fight for the top3 is precisely the Real, which reduced the difference between them from five to two.
In the King’s Cup, Valencia needed to sweat a lot to reach the place in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, he won, at home, Alavés, by 2 to 1. However, as a visitor, he was beaten by the same marker. Only advanced to take the best in penalties penalties.
To try to surprise Barcelona, coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has only two medical doubts. Defenders Javier Jimenez Garcia (still without performances in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship) and Jeison Murilo (eight games, no goal) are in the process of injury recovery. They can not be considered important embezzlements.
History of the matches Barcelona vs Valencia
This will be the second of the four matches that the teams will face in the 2017/2018 season. In the first, in Valencia, for the first round of the Spanish Championship, there was a tie by 1 to 1.
Acting at home and having all his best players, Barcelona is the best option for guess. The price is 1.25 on Bet365. Draw shows return of 6.00 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 10.00. Prices valid at 17:13 on 1/29/2018.