Valencia vs Celtic: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, @12:55
Celtic will be hoping Valencia go to sleep as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit at the atmospheric Mestalla.
Valencia are starting rediscover some of the form that propelled them back into La Liga’s top four last season after a couple of years of turmoil.
Marcelino has endured a tough season so far, but results are going his way again as Celtic found at Celtic Park in the first leg.
With a 2-0 cushion, it is hardly surprising to see Valencia instilled as heavy favourites with relevant betting sites to progress to the next phase and if they do will surely become one of the favourites for the title.
That just goes to show the task facing Brendan Rodgers’ men but as we know, they are capable of a night of magic – just ask Barcelona.
However, just one away win from three Europa League ties in the group hardly instils confidence in the side that has lost on both of its previous visit to the Mestalla.
That makes the home side clear favourites to not only progress in the tournament but win the tie. That’s especially considering Valencia have not lost a home game in any competition since November and have only conceded once in their last five making a 2-0 home win the way to go in this one.
Both teams to score
Expect a weakened Valencia side on Thursday allowing Celtic to slip through on goal at least once. That offers value with popular sportsbooks even if it is not enough for the Hoops to progress.
Valencia to win and both teams to score
An extension of the above bet but one that offers real value to the punter. Few will back Celtic in Spain and rightly so the home side are overwhelming favourites.
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Head to Head
This will be the sixth meeting between the two with Valencia boasting a majority of the bragging rights.
The pair first met in the 1962/63 Fairs Cup with Valencia winning the home leg 4-2 before drawing 2-2 at Celtic Park.
They also met in the group stages of the 2001/02 UEFA Cup with both sides recording a 1-0 home win.
- Remarkably, Celtic have never won a game in Spain recording three draws and 12 defeats.
- Valencia won the competition back in 2004 defeating Marseille in the final.
- Celtic qualified for the last 32 despite losing their final group game to Salzburg but thanks to Rosenborg drawing with Leipzig, progressed to the latter stages.
- Valencia dropped out of the Champions League by finishing third behind Juventus and Manchester United.
- Valencia have won three of the five meetings with Celtic.