Barcelona will be bidding to make it back-to-back victories in La Liga when they resume their campaign at home to Real Valladolid on Sunday night.
The Catalan outfit recorded a 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad in the league last weekend, while Real Valladolid picked up an impressive point at Sevilla in their last fixture on August 19.
The details of the match
Barcelona were frustrated on the opening weekend of the La Liga season by Rayo Vallecano, with Xavi‘s side being held to a goalless draw, but they managed to pick up their first three points at Real Sociedad last time out, recording a 4-1 victory over the White and Blues.
Robert Lewandowski netted twice in the clash at Reale Arena, while Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati were also on the scoresheet, with the Catalan outfit sending out a message to the rest of the division.
Real Valladolid were relegated to the Segunda Division for the 2021-22 campaign due to their 19th-place finish in La Liga in 2020-21, but they managed to return at the first time of asking by finishing second in the second tier.
The White and Violets will be aware of the size of the task facing them this season when it comes to staying in the top flight, and they struggled on the opening weekend of the new campaign, going down 3-0 at home to Villarreal.
Barcelona have reportedly managed to register Jules Kounde for this weekend’s contest, so the Frenchman could make his official debut for the club on Sunday night.
Xavi could resist the temptation to throw the defender straight into the side, but there will be changes from the side that started against Real Sociedad, with Raphinha and Jordi Alba potentially coming into the side.Sergio Busquets is also in line to return, with the Spaniard missing out against Celta through suspension, so Frenkie de Jong could potentially drop down to the bench.
As for Real Valladolid, Shon Weissman remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem, while Gonzalo Plata will also be unavailable for the visitors through injury. Jawad El Yamiq is another definite absentee, with the defender shown a straight red card in the latter stages of the clash with Sevilla last time out.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Araujo, Christensen, Garcia, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha
Real Valladolid possible starting lineup:
Asenjo; L Perez, Sanchez, Fernandez, Escudero; Aguado, Mesa, K Perez; Tuhami, Leon, Sanchez
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid: prediction
We say: Barcelona 3-1 Real Valladolid
Barcelona need to back up their strong win over Real Sociedad last time out with another victory, and we are fully expecting Xavi’s side to triumph here. Real Valladolid have quality and are capable of causing problems, but Barcelona should have too much for their opponents at Camp Nou.
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