Spanish La Liga
Valladolid vs. Barcelona
Wednesday 22nd December, 09:00 PM Kick-Off
Estadio Jose Zorilla
The Barcelona Decline
Valladolid is sat in La Liga's relegation zone. Still, with only one loss from their previous six domestic matches, their chances of claiming at least one point against a delirious Barcelona squad wouldn't be a huge surprise.
Manager Sergio struggled to compete with Atletico Madrid early in the month, but since, the underdogs have recorded eleven points since the beginning of November. They travelled to Sevilla this past Saturday and claimed a point; inevitable relegation has been turned around, especially when they only had four points from the first ten fixtures of the season.
Barcelona's year, in general, has been atrocious, and with a single away victory this season it remains bleak. Player-Club relations, injuries and the coronavirus continue to take its toll at the Nou-Camp. Still, if Barcelona cannot claim three points from a bottom three-team, their hopes for the season could be diminished mentally.
Form, Mentality, La Liga Odds and Trends
Valladolid has lost just once in their previous seven fixtures in all competitions.
Both teams have scored in six of Valladolid's most recent matches.
Valladolid concedes an average of 1.5 goals per game (La Liga).
Barca has won their previous four encounters versus Valladolid in domestic action.
Barcelona hasn't lost to Valladolid in twenty of the two clubs previous twenty-two encounters.
Barcelona has won by +2 goals in five of their previous nine away games in all competitions.
Barca has seen over 2.5 goals land in seven of their previous eight fixtures in all competitions.
Final Thoughts| La Liga Betting Tips
A selection of punters will be brave enough to back Valladolid' double chance win/draw' in this situation, but how much longer can we continue to doubt Barcelona. Through their La Liga struggles, Barcelona has still qualified for the Champions League final sixteen and do possess some of the most incredible footballing talents on the planet.
With that said, I've found a safety net in value. Both teams to score has been the outcome in all but one of Valladolid's home fixtures this term. Barcelona has allowed their opponents to score in their previous four games and have a mere one clean sheet from their five away games this season.
The available odds for both teams to score feels right; the first leg of our accumulator should be an easy one.
Valladolid vs. Barcelona Score prediction: Valladolid 1 – Barcelona 2
Italian Serie A
Juventus vs. Fiorentina
Wednesday 22nd December, 07:45 PM Kick-Off
Season Over for La Viola
Away trips have been challenging for Fiorentina, having already faced AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma & Atalanta this term they can't catch a break from the elite sides.
The hosts welcome their long-standing rivals with open arms, winning five of their last six games with four of those games ending with two or more goals for Juventus.
Form, Mentality, Serie A Odds and Trends
Juventus have won four of their previous six games by a minimum of two goals.
The previous six meetings between the two have an aggregate score of 11-1 to Juventus.
Fiorentina has conceded eleven goals in four defeats this term.
Final Thoughts| Serie A Betting Tips
The history runs deep between the clubs, but there has been little hope for the visitors in recent times, losing five of their previous six meetings versus Juventus.
The league leaders are yet to lose a game this season but will want to bridge the one point between Inter Milan in second place.
Juventus vs. Fiorentina Score prediction: Juventus 3 – Fiorentina 0
Best Bet: Juventus to win and Over 1.5 match goals 1.50 [-200] at PaddyPower (visit our PaddyPower Review)
Accumulator odds 2.68 [+168]
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