As Barcelona head into the Copa Del Rey looking for the double, they will probably face some decent opposition form Bilbao, who will be aiming to cause an upset in this fixture.
Valencia are in dire straight in recent times and sacked manager Nuno Gomes. As I write this, breaking news that Gary Neville has been appointed as the new manager of Valencia. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, especially with his time working as Captain under Sir Alex and also as coach with the England National team.
Gary Neville won’t take charge tonight, his brother Phil Neville will remain in charge for the game; and you can be quite sure that Gary will have a chat with the team before the kick off to motivate the troops and encourage a strong performance. The squad of Valencia is actually extremely talented squad boasting the likes of Alcacer, Parejo, Perez, Feghouli, Negredo, Rodrigo among the talented lineup of players who will all be hoping to make an appearance and prove a point that they are all fit to play for this team. Valencia will need to push on tonight and avoid further embarrassment wile travelling to 8,000 seater stadium in the Basque land.
Their Opponents Barakaldo play in Segunda B Group 2; which is 3 divisions below Valencia but have had a good run of form coming into this game. They are at the top of their division, losing just 1 game in the campaign so far; and will look forward to a bit of excitement when Valencia come to town. While they are a smaller tea, the intimidating atmosphere and the home crowd support will obviously have a lot of weight behind them. Valencia will have 1 eye on the game for Barcelona on the weekend, however, that game will most likely be a waste of time against the current in form Barcelona team.
Valencia will need to go out and show a statement to their fans, and I truly think they should nick a win by a goal or 2; and I am backing them to turn around form.
COPA DEL REY ACCUMULATOR @ 6.40 (888Sport) – 1 point
Sevilla to beat Logrones
Athletic Bilbao to beat Linense
Real Madrid to beat Cadiz
Valencia to beat Barakaldo
Barcelona to beat Villanovense