Monaco v Valencia – Stade Louis II at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra
Valencia head to the French riviera this evening, 90 minutes away from a return to the Champions League. Los Che take a 2 goal lead to the Stade Louis II thanks to a good performance at the Mestalla last week. It was also good for our Asian Handicap betting followers after we recommended the Spaniards -0.5 and they duly obliged, running out 3-1 winners.
It’s no surprise that Valencia are best priced 1.20 to qualify after Rodrigo, Daniel Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli gave them the 2 goal advantage they deserved in the 1st leg. They are however, the underdogs going into tonight’s match and at 3.58 represent a bit of value.
Monaco haven’t had the best of starts domestically, having laboured to a 2-1 win at Nice in their Ligue 1 opener, they were then held by Lille and Toulouse in their last two matches. As was the case last year, they don’t seem to have enough going forward to outscore opponents, especially when they are conceding more than last term.
Pasalic’s away goal gives Les Rouges et Blancs a chance but it’s hard to see them putting a couple past Valencia without conceding.
Valencia began their domestic season on Saturday with a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Rayo Vallecano in what was a very low scoring opening weekend in La Liga. Some of their main attacking players were left on the bench for the most part of the match and the likes of lcacer, Rodrigo and Bakkali should be fresh heading into tonight’s 2nd leg.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s main focus will be not to concede and leave themselves open to a 2-0 defeat. Whilst they will not want to concede, an away goal will seal this for the Spaniards and I think they will nick one.
I don’t see this being a high scoring game but the 1.80 on Under 2.5 is on the short side, the value is with the away team.
Valencia will not lose this one so backing them +0.25 at 2.04 will be profitable win or draw.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Valencia +0.25 @ 2.04
Prices correct at time of writing.
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