Though they are languishing four points behind their fierce title rivals, Barcelona are not giving up entirely on still snatching the LaLiga title.
In this light, the Catalan Giants are expected to roll out full throttle when they travel away to face Real Valladolid
There are only three rounds left in the league season and the title is looking less and less likely for the two-time defending champions.
Barça need to win all their games and hope for Real Madrid to pick up a maximum of four points, which looks really difficult right now as Los Blancos continue to win comfortably and have a soft remaining schedule.
That said, beating Valladolid is a must, and playing well is an even bigger obligation for Barca as they face Valladolid
Beating their hosts would not come easy for Barca going by their struggles on the road this season.
Quique Setien’s side will be the favourites to triumph this weekend, but they have lost five of their 17 away league games this term, recording just seven wins in the process.
For Valladolid, they would be bolstered with the knowledge that they have only lost once in their last five outings.
The main task for Barca in these final three games is to either snatch the LaLiga title which looks impossible or lose the title with dignity and build as much confidence and chemistry as possible for the Champions League in August.
Valladolid will be boosted with the return of Oscar Plano back from suspension but they are still depleted with a lengthy injury list which includes Jose Antonio Caro, Michel Javaloyas, Miguel de la Fuente, Matheus Fernandes and Pedro Porro.
As for Barca, Ousmane Dembele remains on the sidelines with a long-term hamstring problem, while youngster Ansu Fati is suspended due to the red card that he picked up against Espanyol.
With reported knee and hip problems respectively, Samuel Umtiti and Junior Firpo remain doubts for Saturday’s away tie.
There are not expected to be any changes in Barca’s attacking set up, with Antoine Griezmann again likely to join Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as part of a front three.
Barcelona (4-3-1-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Puig; Messi; Griezmann, Suárez
Valladolid (4-4-2): Masip; Moyano, Kiko, Sánchez, Carnero; Plano, Alcaraz, Fernández, Villa; Sandro, Guardiola
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