La Liga Betting: Buoyant Barca Ready To Rout Valladolid

It could be a long afternoon for Real Valladolid, who host free-scoring Barca on Saturday, writes Unibet columnist Paul Wilkes...

Real Valladolid 14.00, the draw 7.00, Barcelona 1.20 - starts at 15.00 GMT on Saturday

Costa spent the 2009-10 season at Real Valladolid where he netted nine goals in 36 appearances, his strike rate has improved dramatically since then, but the side could still do with his goals.

They rely heavily on Javi Guerra who has an impressive 12 this term, as their next nearest goalscorer is on three. For the forward to shock the visitors and net first it's 10.00.

There appears to be extra press conferences almost on a weekly basis at Barcelona, this time it was the turn of Carles Puyol to announce he will be leaving the side this summer. The centre-back has displayed the passion and desire that epitomises the fighting spirit at the Camp Nou, which is often forgotten about with all the fancy football.

His partner in crime Gerard Piqué wrote an open letter to his friend. "You are unique; a one-off. I find it amusing when they talk about signing “the new Puyol”. They can look all they want, but they’ll never find it," admits the injured defender.

Lionel Messi vomited on the pitch for Argentina in the goalless draw with Romania. He is still expected to start in this match.

Barcelona has beaten Valladolid in their last six meetings. With Barça scoring four goals in two out of their previous four encounters and three times in their last four league games.

Best bet: Over 3.5 goals for the away team is 3.10.

Score Prediction: Real Valladolid 0-4 Barcelona (10.00)