At present, Barcelona look stronger on the road than they do at the Camp Nou, where they have taken just four points from a possible nine, culminating in a disappointing 1-1 with Mallorca last time out. The Catalans giants are subsequently three points off the pace in La Liga but intriguingly, their next assignment is the visit of current leaders Valencia.
Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites for the points and few would argue with that, despite that recent stalemate and the fact that Hercules have already beaten Barca on their own patch, but there’s little appeal in backing them at a market best of 2/5 (Coral), especially as they tended to struggle of late after international breaks and are missing the influential Xavi.
Buoyant Valencia, slightly overpriced at 8/1 with Stan James, are more than capable of making life difficult for their hosts and while it looks a touch risky to back them to get a result, they can get on the scoresheet and accordingly the best bet in Catalonia is 888Sport’s 5/6 for both teams to find the net.
The two sides can also strike as Malaga and third-placed Real Madrid go head-to-head at La Rosaleda. The pair, along with Villareal, are the joint top scorers in La Liga after six games and 10/11 (888Sport) is available for the duo to add to their tallies; that price seemingly better value than the 2/5 on offer with Partybets for Jose Mourinho’s men to collect maximum points on the Costa del Sol.
In Saturday’s other match, Atletico Madrid are 4/5 with Betdaq to overcome Getafe at the Vicente Calderon but as the visitors come into the contest on the back of two league wins, they can run the hosts close and Atletico are therefore decent value at 11/4 thanks to bet365 to nick it by a solitary goal.