Valencia star Denis Cheryshev

Valencia vs Celtic: Los Che tipped to reign again in Spain

Kick-off: 1755, 21/02/2019

Stadium: Mestalla

TV: BT Sport

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Celtic appeared to have their limitations ruthlessly exposed by Valencia in Glasgow and it is hard to see them getting back into this tie.

Spanish teams have won the Europa League nine times in the last 15 years, with Los Che beginning that great run when lifting the trophy back in 2004.

They look well placed to go deep into the tournament once more this term and 7/5 for them to lead at half-time and full-time again is our opening Valencia vs Celtic prediction.

A Look At Valencia’s Betting Odds

Russia international Denis Cheryshev scored for Valencia three minutes before the interval in the first leg at Parkhead.

Debutant striker Ruben Sobrino then knocked in a cross from Cheryshev just after the break to set the visitors up for a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Cristiano Piccini tested Scott Bain as Los Che threatened to pull further clear, but manager Marcelino was more than happy with the advantage secured.

He said: “It was a good match and we played well, so respect to the players. We didn’t lose too much of the ball and we defended and attacked very well.

“I am very happy and satisfied with the way things went. This tie is not decided yet but it would take a huge error not to qualify from this.”

Valencia are only ninth in La Liga after a couple of frustrating goalless draws with Real Sociedad and Espanyol at the Mestalla.

However, they took four points off Manchester United in their Champions League group and look a very solid outfit.

There is obvious appeal in 31/20 for Los Che to win to nil again from the Valencia vs Celtic odds.

A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic will travel to Spain seeking a massive upset but they are now 9/1 to go through.

The Northern Irishman said: “Valencia are a team who wait on mistakes, very organised, compact – and we made too many mistakes, especially in the first half under no pressure.

“We gave it away and when you do that against good teams it kills your momentum and it puts you on the back foot. The lessons are you need to really concentrate.”

However, the Hoops are notoriously bad travellers in Europe and have never won in Spain after 15 previous attempts, losing on 12 of those visits.

Despite talking up his side’s chances, we feel Rodgers may adopt a damage-limitation approach here, so 6/1 for a 1-0 home win completes our Valencia vs Celtic betting tips.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

CELTIC 0-2 VALENCIA – Denis Cheryshev, Ruben Sobrino

Previous head-to-head: Celtic 1-0 Valencia, Valencia 1-0 Celtic, Celtic 2-2 Valencia, Valencia 4-2 Celtic

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