Valencia’s Europa League-winning aspirations are waist-deep in dirt after they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Sevilla last week, though victory at the Mestalla in the second leg of their semi-final tie can see them stem the flow of raining soil and clamber clear of doom.
Los Che come into the game as 6/5 favourites, while they’re a monster 4/1 to progress to the final.
Their inflated price to advance may be worth wrestling with given the following reasons that suggest Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men will prevail in round two of this all-Spanish last-four clash.
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A £120 profit is the bounty if this token is punted in favour of the hosts overturning their deficit and booking a final berth, but for the more conservative, their price to prevail on the night must tempt.
Valencia defied all-but guaranteed expulsion from the competition in the quarters with an heroic second-leg win at home.
Basel had the book in and were primed to throw it at the former Europa League champions, only to miss in spectacular fashion.
The Swiss side led 3-0 ahead of their second leg trip to Spain, only to be vanquished 5-3 on aggregate after extra-time.
Getafe and Atletico Madrid last time out are the only sides to have succeeded on Los Che’s stomping ground in 2014.
Valencia responded with wins following the last two matches they failed to win on the homestead and Sevilla are in line to become the third this term.
Los Rojiblancos have been bested in three of their previous four trips to the Mestalla.
This defeat-laden four-match spell includes one earlier this season, while they’ve also come off second best in both of the cup matches contested on the bat-crested club’s turf.