Valencia vs Celtic | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
The Bats are almost in the round of 16 of the Europa League, and all they need to do is to bring the rematch against the Scottish champions to a routine ending, and without too much fuzz. We are aware that Scotts do have a stubborn mentality and that they want to fight until the end, but this situation isn’t very promising for them.
The first leg in Glasgow ended with a routine win of the Spanish team, who used hosts’ problems with injuries and closed the game routinely. The difference in quality was apparent, and the Celts couldn’t do much. Simply they were weaker. Before the rematch, Valencia played without goals in La Liga against Espanyol, 0:0. Celtic was better than Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, winning by a minimal result, 0:1.
As we earlier said, one of the most unpredictable teams in Europe when it comes to betting. At the moment they have only one loss in the past ten matches, but when we disregard the game against Celtic, the Bats have four draws in a row. Two of them saw four goals, and two didn’t see a single one. Now, that could also be a proof for their instability. In the last 10 games at Mestalla, Valencia didn’t lose (6W,4D), and six clashes during that period saw moderate efficiency, meaning 2 or 3 goals. They will be patient on Thursday no doubt about it. Knowing their mentality, a draw would be considered just fine.
Without several important players, a loss against Valencia was a reality for the Celts. Even with them in the lineup, the Spaniards would still be favorites here, and that is a reality also. Brendan Rodgers has the same problems at the moment but is heading for Spain without any pressure on his back. He is completely aware that chances for eliminating Valencia are close to nothing, so he can experiment and try something which might surprise the favorites. That is the biggest strength of the guests in this one, having nothing to lose. An interesting fact, all 10 previous games Celtic played ended without both teams to score.
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Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia received a direct red car in the first leg, which will keep him out of this and probably the next game in the Europa League. Gabriel Paulista is doubtful, but he too will probably skip the match, while Piccini and Javier Jimenez have minimal chances to appear. Kieran Tierney started training same as Marvin Compper for the Celts. Ntcham, Benkovic, Leigh Griffiths and Tony Ralston are all doubtful, while Daniel Arzani, Eboue and Tom Rogic are ruled out.
Before the last week’s game in Glasgow, Valencia and Celtic met four times. The Spanish club posted two wins, and one draw and loss apiece.
Odds and Predictions
The bookies have no doubts about who is the favorite in this event. Valencia’s win is set at 1.57. A draw will multiply your investment four times, while Celtic’s triumph will do that 5.50 times.
Valencia vs Celtic | Top Betting Tip: Valencia (2-0)
Another routine win of the Bats is expected from this match. They will enter the game slowly, and as time goes by, the guests will try to attack, which will be their end. The home team is excellent when keeping the ball and needing to defend, especially in the moments’ rival needs to score. So for the final outcome, we pick Valencia’s win. Now, when it comes to goals, we don’t think that this game has the potential to see some fireworks. Hosts are going to try to preserve as much energy as they can, and will use every possibility to delay the match or to steal time. Because of that, under 2.5 is the first suggestion. To wrap this up, Valencia – Celtic, 2:0.