He Real Valladolid CF receives this Saturday the FC Barcelona at the José Zorrilla (19.30) on day 36 of LaLiga Santander, in a game that could lead to mathematical permanence for pucelanos and in which the blaugranas can do nothing but win if they want put pressure on the leader Real Madrid.
The defeat of Valladolid in Mestalla (2-1) and the victory of Mallorca makes the pucelanos are not, yet, a LaLiga Santander team one more season. Of course, they have it close and, a victory, could give them that joy if Mallorca is not able to win their duel at Sevilla's home.
All expensive for some pucelanos who, yes, receive a gnawing hard bone you must win. If Valladolid has 7 points of margin over the relegation, with only 9 points at stake, Barça struggles with Real Madrid for the title and, anything other than cutting points, can get them out of the fight.
He Barça has visited Valladolid 43 times, with a balance of 12 pucelanas victories, 10 draws and 21 wins for Barça, which is a favorite despite the fact that the game was not too good in the brief victory in the derby (1-0) that sent RCD Espanyol to Segunda.
The improvement seen in the match against Villarreal, made goals (1-4) that could have been even greater for those of Quique Setién, It was not reflected in that Catalan derby and, now, the Blaugrana visit a José Zorrilla where Valladolid can set a defensive trap, closing gaps for a Barça that suffers against a well-ordered team and tucked behind.
Also, Sergio González is one of the least scored teams in Laliga, with only 39 goals conceded, shows how difficult the match can be for a Barça that will expect Leo Messi have your day and have Antoine Griezmann confirm his improvement line.
In the pucelanos, Sergi Guardiola and Enes Unal are the team's top scorers, with six goals, and Sergio has a squad that has shown itself capable of drawing, as it did on the first round, against Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid. Of course, it will have the losses of Salissu, Ben Arfa and Míchel.
On the Blaugrana side, Quique Setién recovers Junior Firpo after missing the derby due to hip discomfortBut he still does not have at his disposal either Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti or Ousmane Dembélé, nor an Ansu Fati who was sent off with a direct red against Espanyol.
REAL VALLADOLID CF: Masip; Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Javi Sánchez, Raúl García; San Emeterio, Alcaraz; Hervías, Óscar Plano, Toni Villa; and Sergi Guardiola.
FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal; Messi; Griezmann and Luis Suárez.
-Referee: Mateu Lahoz (C. Valenciano).
-Stadium: Municipal Stadium José Zorrilla.
-Hour: 19.30 / Movistar LaLiga.