Barcelona haven’t lost two consecutive league matches since May 2009 and even then their back-to-back defeats came when they had already secured the Spanish title and were preparing for a Champions League showdown with Manchester United.
Subsequently, it’s hard to see Valencia following Osasuna’s lead and getting the better of Pep Guardiola’s charges, who are just 2/7 with Ladbrokes to bounce back from last weekend’s loss by picking up a maximum haul at the Camp Nou.
The case for a Barca success is strengthened by the fact that they beat Los Che 2-0 in the Copa del Rey less than a fortnight ago and William Hill make the hosts 6/1 to again notch twice without reply.
Paddy Power price the Catalans giants at 8/11 to lead at the end of each half and in attack Alexis Sanchez is 5/1 via bwin to follow up his brace at Bayer Leverkusen in midweek, with the opener in this one.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have struggled on the road but following their impressive Europa League triumph at Lazio on Thursday they look decent value at evens (Stan James) to collect all three points at relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon while Granada and Real Sociedad are 23/10 via Blue Square to share the spoils.
Barcelona to beat Valencia 2-0 – 6/1 (William Hill)