The sportsbook odds are used to showing a lot of love to FC Barcelona. But it’s perfectly understandable. After all, they have arguably the best player in all of football, surrounded by some of the best talent on the market. Barcelona has a long history of having incredible talents and the club is one of the few that always remains in the global spotlight. Because of this the odds are generally always tilted in Barcelona’s direction, and their next contest against Valencia CF is no exception.
Valencia has won three out of its previous four matches and many critics consider them to be a rising team within La Liga. They’ll be hosting the back-to-back champions in a 2016-17 La Liga regular season match to be held at the Mestalla Stadium on Saturday, October 22nd. Fans looking to tune in to find out the results of their predictions can do so at 10:15 am ET. The game can be streamed online via FuboTV.
La Liga – Saturday, October 22nd (Full Limits Available on Game Day)
FC Barcelona -1 ½ (+110) 3 ½ (+110) -245
Valencia CF +1 ½ (-130) 3 ½ (-130) +650
FC Barcelona – Valencia Draw +405
Keeping in line with the tradition, the sportsbook odds are heavily favoring Barcelona. But it’s not unwarranted, currently Barcelona ranks 4th in La Liga standing, while Valencia CF is much further down the list, sitting at a lowly 14th ranking. Coming into this game Barcelona sports 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw in La Liga tournament, giving way to a total of 16 points. On the other hand, Valencia has 9 points after only winning 3 games and tying 0 (they also have 5 losses for the season). Even though their rankings are vastly different, both Valencia and Barcelona are coming into this contest with less than satisfactory standings and will be looking to turn that around against each other.
Valencia’s woes began last season, and despite all the changes in management, the club is still struggling to consistently find success. While it may be true that they’ve been struggling on the road, it’s also true that they’ve been struggling more at home. Valencia has lost the last 5 out of 6 La Liga home games. Since the game against Barcelona will be taking place in Valencia’s backyard, that figure is likely to become 6 out of 7.
In past years it didn’t matter whether Barcelona was playing on the road or at home. But in their last road game, Barcelona tasted defeat at the hands of Celta Virgo. Barcelona enjoyed an early 3 point lead but conceded 4 before the game was over. Last season, Barcelona lost against Valencia, and despite what the sportsbook odds say, Valencia could very well upset the favorite.
Barcelona is coming in as the overwhelming favorites, so picking them straight up isn’t going to be too advantageous. Likewise, the last time these teams drew against each other was in 2009, so it’s unlikely they’ll be drawing this Sunday. Looking over these lines, picking Barcelona to cover the spread seems like the most auspicious. Especially when considering that the vig is only 10%.