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FC Barcelona vs Valencia Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 18/10/2021

FC Barcelona vs Valencia Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 18/10/2021

The La Liga season resumes this weekend, with Barcelona hosting Valencia on Sunday night. Ronald Koeman’s men have endured a horrid start to the campaign, suffering humiliation on more than one occasion. The Dutchman’s position in the dugout is under threat more than ever following a calamitous 3-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League, and 2-0 degrading to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

La Blaugrana currently sit ninth in the table, a place below their opponents on Sunday night. Valencia have also disappointed in the early stages of the season, currently enduring a torrid run of form. Los Che have failed to win in four La Liga games, losing to Real Madrid and Sevilla before most recently drawing with Athletic Club and Cadiz.

Hard for the German to keep any clean sheets with such a flimsy defence in front of him, but he needs to recapture the match-saving form he regularly showed last term. The full-back scored a stunning first goal for his country as the USMNT beat Costa Rica 2-1 on Wednesday night – or Thursday morning, depending on where you’re from – so could be in line for a start for Barca.

 

The 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid before the international break was expected to be Ronald Koeman’s final match in charge of Barcelona, but the Dutchman has kept his position at the helm and will lead the team into Sunday’s clash with Valencia despite the widespread speculation surrounding his future.

The Catalan giants have lost their last two matches to Benfica and Atletico, while they have only won one of their last four in the league, which has left them in ninth position in the table.

A record of three wins, three draws and one defeat from seven matches has brought the Catalan outfit 12 points, which has left them five points off the top of the table, albeit with a game in hand on leaders Real Madrid.

The situation in the league is far from terminal, but Barcelona have a lot of work to do in the Champions League, having lost their opening two fixtures against Bayern Munich and Benfica, and they have two huge games after this one, taking on Dinamo Kiev in Europe and Real Madrid in La Liga next weekend.

Koeman will allegedly be given the next three matches to attempt to turn the season around, but Barcelona have only won one of their last three league games against Valencia, and the points were shared in a 2-2 draw when the two teams locked horns at Camp Nou last December.

Valencia, meanwhile, have won three, drawn three and lost two of their opening eight matches of the season to collect 12 points, which has left them in eighth position in the table.

Los Che actually won three of their first four league games of the season but are without a victory in their last four, losing to Real Madrid and Sevilla, in addition to drawing with Athletic Bilbao and Cadiz.

Valencia’s struggles last term saw them post their lowest position since the 1987-88 campaign, with 13th representing a disappointing season for the club, and Jose Bordalas is now in charge of first-team affairs.

The team’s excellent start to the campaign has just dipped in recent weeks, but they have only lost two of their last six league games against Barcelona, holding the Catalan outfit to draws on three occasions.

Valencia will travel to Camp Nou looking to inflict a third straight defeat on Koeman’s side, and Los Che have only lost one of their four away league games this season, which came at Sevilla on September 22.

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