Valencia vs Man Utd: Mestalla stalemate on the cards

Valencia vs Man Utd: Mestalla stalemate on the cards

Kick-off: 12/12/2018

Stadium: Mestalla

TV: BT Sport

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Valencia and Manchester United pretty much already know their fate in Champions League Group H and that could lead to this being a low-key affair.

There is still a slim chance of the Red Devils pipping Juventus to top spot, should they win and the Italian giants slip up at Young Boys.

However, Jose Mourinho will be happy just to have secured a place in the last 16, while Los Che are consigned to finishing third and dropping into the Europa League.

It was goalless when these teams met at Old Trafford in early October and 12/5 for another draw at the Mestalla makes sense for our first Valencia vs Man Utd prediction.

A Look At Valencia’s Betting Odds

Valencia are having a moderate campaign in La Liga, partly due to drawing too many home matches, and have struggled to score in key games during this competition.

Along with the stalemate in England, Marcelino Garcia Toral’s team went down 2-0 to 10-man Juventus here and lost 1-0 in Turin.

Highly-rated young striker Santiago Mina did bag a brace when they beat Young Boys 3-1 at this venue, though, while on-loan Chelsea front man Michy Batshuayi netted in a 1-1 draw against the same opponents in Switzerland.

Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno and Frenchman Kevin Gameiro are other useful options up front, so perhaps Valencia can open up a bit more now the pressure is off.

Looking at the Valencia vs Man Utd odds, we’re going for a 1-1 draw at 6/1 this time.

A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds

Manchester United made hard work of getting the victory needed to go through when entertaining Young Boys on Matchday 5, but Marouane Fellaini came to the rescue with a well-taken late winner.

Jose Mourinho slammed water bottles into the ground in an expression of “relief” at that result, with David De Gea having kept the Red Devils level with yet another wonder save at the other end.

“My players were very tired at the end and that’s what I love – I want them to be very tired,” said the manager.

“It means that they give everything, and they did that, with moments of very good football, moments of quality, moments of hypothetical beautiful goals and then also with moments of pressure, moments of lack of confidence, that frustrate us.

“But, in the end, we qualify in a very difficult group with one match in hand; suffering a lot, but we did it.”

United had previously put an awful lot into their come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Juventus, so Mourinho may settle for a more sedate stalemate in Spain.

Past history certainly points to this being a close encounter, as six of their previous nine head-to-head meetings have ended with the scores level.

Let’s complete our Valencia vs Man Utd betting tips by taking 17/4 for this to be a draw at half-time and full-time.

Paul Pogba will start as Mourinho rotates the United squad, with De Gea and Nemanja Matic set to be among those rested.

Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling were not seen on the flight to Spain.

Mason Greenwood and James Garner, both 17, have been included in the travelling party, while Sergio Romero and Andreas Pereira are expected to be among the starters, as Victor Lindelof (groin) and Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Juventus 1-0 VALENCIA

MAN UTD 1-0 Young Boys – Marouane Fellaini

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