Valencia Barcelona Odds : Copa del Rey Semi Final

Bet365 Bookmaker (Live Stream available) Latest Betting Odds: Valencia 9/2, draw 3/1 Barcelona 8/11

Barcelona continue in their quest for major honours this season as they travel to Valencia tonight in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie, with Bet365 exclusively showing the game live online in HD.

Having safely negotiated rivals Real Madrid in the last round, Pep Guardolia’s men will be confident of going all the way in this competition, but they will be aware that Valencia are a very good side and over two legs, this one really could go either way.

There is no doubt that Valencia will want to make the most of home advantage though. Realistically, if they are to progress to the final, they need to record victory this evening to take into the second-leg.

Barcelona do appear more fragile this season too. They are still a world-class outfit of course, but the 0-0 draw at Villarreal last time out was a frustrating evening and Valencia will take heart from this.

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They will also be missing a host of players, including Pedro, who has failed to recovered from a thigh strain, while  Ibrahim Afellay, Andreu Fontas, David Villa and Andres Iniesta are all still on the injured list.

The home side will also be aware that they picked up a valuable 2-2 draw when they hosted Barcelona in the league, so the possibility of a positive result for Valencia is a far from distant one.

Guardolia will want his team to show everyone what they are made of though. The draw at Villarreal was disappointing, but to follow it up with victory at Valencia in this tough semi-final fixture would be extremely positive for them.

Barcelona are certainly boosted by the fact that they have no additional injury concerns going into this one. They also have the ever threatening Alexis Sanchez available after he was passed as 100% fit.

As for Valencia, they are missing some key players this evening as highly-rated defender Adil Rami and influential midfielder Pablo Hernandez are forced to sit out.

The passionate home crowd will attempt to make up for these absentees though. They will know that victory tonight is their best take of progression and they will know that a positive start is crucial to try and get on top of Barcelona.

Overall, Barcelona are expected to show their class to win the game, but Valencia are more than capable of causing an upset and it seems fair to say that this semi-final tie will still be wide open going into the second-leg.

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