Valencia’s progress from Champions League Group E looked pretty precarious midway through matchday four, but their second-half rally against Leverkusen combined with Chelsea spilling points at Genk means they’re back in with a shout.
Loc Che go into Wednesday’s round of games sat in third – a point behind the Germans and three behind the stuttering Londoners in top spot – but with those two due to meet at the BayArena and Valencia hosting Genk, the Spaniards now have a great opportunity to put themselves back into the thick of it.
First and foremost they need to deal with the Belgian whipping boys and Unai Emery and his men can only blame themselves if they mess things up from here. Odds of 4/25 for the home win reflect their expected supremacy, with Genk at lengthy odds of 29/2 to win and the draw at 6/1.
So far this season Valencia have been steady rather than stunning in assuming their customary role as La Liga’s third-best team. A run of four consecutive wins was halted on Saturday by leaders Real Madrid but the Mestalla men had lots to be pleased about from that show and will be confident of overcoming a side that generally falls to ruins on the road.
Genk have already conceded 14 goals in six away league ties this season and wilted 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on matchday three. Valencia aren’t that prolific so for them to win with under 3.5 goals at evens is safe and betting on 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 victories for the hosts makes good sense, especially at the excellent value of 27/20.
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One man who hasn’t had much difficulty finding the target is striker Roberto Soldado. The Spanish international has netted eight times this campaign – including a brace against Real at the weekend – and he’s 17/10 to repeat that feat against much weaker opposition.
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