Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Barcelona and Real Valladolid square off against each other at Camp Nou on day 3 of the new La Liga campaign. Barca aim to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals in the triumph over La Real, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Ansu Fati could be recalled to the starting XI after finding the net in San Sebastian, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
La Pucela, on the other hand, were on the verge of shocking Sevilla at the weekend, but they eventually picked up one point from the match. Real Valladolid, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Barca’s party at Camp Nou. Defender Jawad El Yamiq is banned for the match, while both Gonzalo Plata and Shon Weissman are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Gerard Pique):
Gerard Pique is a Spanish footballer who was born in Barcelona on 2 February, 1987. He is married to famous Colombian singer Shakira and they have two sons Milan and Sasha. Pique is a product of La Masia, the Barca’s youth academy, but he started his senior career at Manchester United.
He returned to his boyhood club in 2008 and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. The 193-cm-tall footballer is a centre back who is good in the air. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing a defensive midfielder if needed. Pique won his sixth La Liga trophy with Barca in the 2015/2016 season and in 2008 he has three Champions League titles with the Catalan giants as well.
During his spell with Manchester United, Gerard Pique won the Premier League trophy (2007/2008) and he helped the Red Devils win the Champions League trophy the same season. Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain, while lifting the European Championship trophy two years later.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.