Barcelona return to league action on Tuesday evening with a home tie against Valladolid, having had their grudge match with Real Madrid postponed due to civil unrest in the area.
They Catalan outfit not only lost out on some valuable action at the weekend, but also lost top spot in the league to newly-promoted Granada.
They will, however, reclaim a two point lead at the top should they win against 9th-placed Valladolid.
It’s currently 16/1 for the visitors to cause a real shock and come out on top.
A draw can be backed at 17/2, with a home win currently available at 1/8.
The visitors will, however, be up against it, and face a Barca side who have won their last six games in all competitions. They’ve scored two or more goals in each of those wins. Three of those victories have been by a narrow 2-1 scoreline. It’s currently 9/1 for the same outcome on Tuesday evening.
Ernesto Valverde’s side managed to keep a clean sheet in the other three wins. They can be backed at just 8/11 to keep another one.
Luis Suarez leads Barcelona’s goal count this season with five in La Liga. The Uruguayan is 11/4 to get the game’s opener.
His fellow forward Antoine Griezmann is another man in form. He has four league goals this season, and is currently 15/4 to score the first against Valladolid.
However, it could be main man Lionel Messi to step up once again, like he has done so many times in the past. The Argentinian is currently 18/1 to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the home side.
But the home side certainly won’t expect to have it all their own way. Valladolid head to the Nou Camp on a six game unbeaten run in all competitions. They’ve won three of those.
And the draws were highly respectable 1-1 stalemates with Athletic Bilbao and league leaders Granada, and a goalless draw at home to Atletico Madrid.
Oscar Plano and Sergi Guardiola have been central to their recent success, scoring three league goals each. The former is 25/1 to score first and 7/1 to score anytime. The latter is currently available at 18/1 to score the game’s opener, and 9/2 to score anytime throughout the 90 minutes.
Valverde’s men meanwhile have picked up three red cards in recent weeks, including two in the win over Sevilla. They are 6/4 to receive the first red card of the game with Valladolid.