By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 2nd October 2018
Man United will host Valencia at Old Trafford this Tuesday, with the clash being aired by BT Sport at 8pm. All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho’s side to see how they fare after consecutive defeats to Derby and West Ham.
Man United vs Valencia: Odds and Predictions
Jose Mourinho is just 4/6 in the next Premier League manager to leave odds after United’s weekend loss to West Ham, yet the William Hill traders have chalked them up as 8/13 picks to best their Spanish guests in this Champions League encounter.
Los Che, who have experienced a deeply underwhelming start to the campaign themselves, finally recording their maiden victory last Saturday, are a weighty 24/5 in the match betting, while the draw can be backed at 11/4.
Both sides have plenty to prove, but our Man United vs Valencia predictions are suspicious that the Spanish side’s players may have a good deal more interest in the proving.
Marcelino Garcia Toral brought stability and a return to elite European competition to the Mestalla in his first season at the club last term and invested heavily in new faces who should be keen to repay his belief in them over the summer.
There is far less optimism about the trajectory of the hosts under his opposite number.
Man United vs Valencia predictions: Head to head
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In amongst victories for United, there have been a few scrappy draws between the Red Devils and Los Che.
But our betting tipsters have suggested that the clash on Tuesday will be a whole different ballgame, in comparison to previous encounters.
Man United vs Valencia predictions: Match betting, best bet, scorer betting
Predicted score: Valencia to win 1-0 @ 14/1
At 8/13 and ailing, the Red Devils have to be taken on in the match betting predictions against visitors who have lost once in their last six outings.
Successive clean sheets on the road at Villarreal and Real Sociedad suggest Marcelino’s men should prove tough to break down. The latter also saw them win despite resting key players including Rodrigo Moreno, Ezequiel Garay and Goncalo Guedes ahead of this clash.
Meanwhile, United have yet to keep a clean sheet in four outings at Old Trafford this term and have shut out just one of the last eight teams to visit the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
The Reds’ recent struggles against Spanish opposition lend further weight to tipping against the home win, with just one victory recorded in their last seven Champions League showdowns with La Liga sides.
Valencia/draw double chance odds of 13/10 aren’t a particularly inspiring pick at the prices, so chancing the Murcielagos to nab a second 1-0 win on the bounce gets the correct score tip.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11
The history of low-scoring encounters between the sides dovetails nicely with the Spaniards’ form this term in pointing to a Manchester United vs Valencia prediction of under 2.5 goals.
Seven of Los Che’s last eight games in all competitions have rewarded betting the unders and the listless nature of the Reds’ weekend defeat further suggests the hosts are unlikely to be at their most incisive for this matchweek two showdown.
Scorer betting tip predictions: Dani Parejo to score first @ 16/1
Romelu Lukaku’s European scoring record of 20 goals in 40 appearances has to be respected but, at 10/11 anytime scorer, he’s too short given United’s current malaise.
Our suspicion is that Valencia can pinch something from a tight game and, while former Bolton Wanderers forward Rodrigo is considered most likely to inflict the coup de grace at 15/2 first goalscorer, penalty taker Dani Parejo looks better value at the odds.
He was the club’s highest-scoring midfielder across all competitions last term with eight goals and can be backed to notch first at a splendid 16/1.
Man United vs Valencia stats: Opta
- Manchester United manager Mourinho has never previously lost to Valencia in 10 clashes in all competitions (W6 D4), including a 3-2 aggregate victory in the quarter-finals of the 2006/07 Champions League whilst managing another English side in Chelsea.
- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in four of Manchester United’s last six Champions League goals (two goals, two assists), including all three this season (two goals, one assist).
- Valencia have lost each of their last four Champions League games. Only two Spanish clubs have ever lost 5+ consecutive games in the history of the competition – Real Sociedad (five in October 2013) and Villarreal (seven in December 2011).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.