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Real Valladolid vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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The champions make their first road trip of the season looking for a second win in two games

FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Valladolid (13th, 1pt) vs FC Barcelona (5th, 3pts)


Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 2

Barcelona team news: Jasper Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Carles Aleñá, Sergi Samper (out, injury)

Valladolid team news: David Mayoral, Luismi, Ivi (out, injury)

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10.15pm CET (Barcelona) / 9.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria) / 4.15pm ET, 1.15pm PT (USA) / 1.45am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others


After a convincing display and victory in their season opener against Alavés at Camp Nou, Barcelona will be hoping to make it two wins from two games when they travel to newly promoted Real Valladolid. Ernesto Valverde saw a strong performance from his side last weekend, and they’re even bigger favorites to win by more in this one.

Valladolid have made some interesting signings since joining the top flight, but they remain strong candidates for relegation and are hoping for nothing more than a point against the champions. For Barça, they must take the game seriously in order to establish their dominance, but if they do we could see another dominant result for the Catalans.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé

Valladolid (4-3-3): Masip; Moyano, Calero, Olivas, Nacho; Alcaraz, Borja, Mohamed; Villa, Plano, Keko


PREDICTION

This should be tricky for a while away from home against a newly promoted side, but we’ll probably dominate after half an hour and win with comfort: 3-0 to the champions.