Barcelona and Valladolid will play on August 28 in the next round match of the Spanish Premier League.
Barças redemption is gaining momentum on the field after a very good performance during last weekend’s trip to the Basque Country against Real Sociedad 1-4, making up for a slight hiccup in the opening match against Rayo Vallecano 0-0. After an absolutely disgraceful start to last season, basically changing coach Koeman to Xavi and dropping out in the group stage of the Champions League, the Blaugranas are aiming to regain their place in the hemisphere of Europe’s top teams this year. Ronaldo Nazario’s club, just relegated from Liga B after finishing second on the last day of the championship last year, is struggling to reach the level of the 1st division, particularly in the first game of the season against Villarreal at home 0-3, but also failed to make things right against Sevilla, bringing a small point from Andalusia 1-1. Nevertheless, Valladolid has a pretty tough schedule at the start of the season, but in the coming days it will find opponents of its level: Girona, Almeria, Cadiz, Getafe.
Valladolid will be without its best attacking asset of last year, Sean Weisman (20 tackles and 3 assists), who is seriously injured and will not be able to play the first part of the season. Behind him in the infirmary is Ecuadorian striker Gonzalo Plata (Sporting Portugal), who is also experiencing physical difficulties (uncertainty), and defender Jawak El Yamik will be in the stands after his exclusion the day before. Back from loan two seasons ago, midfielder Anuar proved that the club can count on him (3 goals, 2 assists last year), and it was thanks to his goal that Valladolid did not suffer a second consecutive league defeat against Sevilla. Javi Sanchez should be in the game, as should goalkeeper Sergio Asenho (Villarreal). Striker Roque Mesa (ex-Sevilla, 3 achievements, 7 pies last year) should bring his experience to the midfield. Remember that important midfielder Ruben Alcaraz, defender Kiko Olivas, defender Nacho Martinez and especially striker Cristo Gonzalez are the main performers who went swimming during the summer transfer window.
Barcelona have played 16 home games during the current LaLiga campaign, with no fewer than 11 of these encounters serving up under 2.5 goals. Not only that, but ten of the last 12 Valladolid away matches at this level have also produced no more than a couple of goals, meaning that more of the same is expected when the sides go head-to-head at the Barcelona Stadium.
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