Valencia will be desperate to maintain their lead in the La Liga table, while putting an ordinary performance against Manchester United in midweek behind them. The Mastella crowd were unable to lift 'Los Che' and coach Unai Emery will not be satisfied with anything less than three points.
Bookmakers William Hill have priced up the double result (Valencia be to be leading at half time before going on to win) at 17/10 which is the way to bet if you fancy the leaders as a betting proposition, as the last two fixtures between these two clubs at this venue have ended the same way. Valencia led 1-0 at the interval in both matches before doubling their advantage at the final whistle.
Logic suggests that this is the way to back Valencia, as any delay in opening the scoring with have a negative psychological effect on the home team after the Champions League defeat.
Valencia are searching their seventh La Liga title and though Athletic Bilbao will take heart from a clean sheet the longer the game goes, their last away game when securing just a point at Sporting suggests that 'Los Leones' have plenty to prove.
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) scored a confidence boosting goal in the 2-0 victory at Sporting last weekend and the 6/4 quote by bookies Paddy Power for the striker to score at anytime during the game should be snapped up .
The score-line at Sporting underlines the potential difference between the two teams after Bilbao's 2-2 draw at the same ground just two weeks ago.
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