By William Hill
12th December 2018
Neither Valencia nor Manchester United are likely to be at their most fiercely motivated for their Champions League Group H meeting at the Mestalla and, with the hosts La Liga’s undisputed draw merchants, another stalemate is our main Valencia vs Man Utd prediction.
United are trading at 9/5 in the match betting, but travel to Spain knowing they’ve already qualified for the knockout stages, with only the faint hope that they can still top their section if they beat Los Che and Juventus fail to win away to Young Boys to put fire in their bellies.
Their hosts are priced up as 31/20 favourites for victory, however, they’ll be dropping into the Europa League regardless of the result, meaning they too have nothing but pride to play for and further heightening the likelihood that draw odds of 23/10 cop in the clash.
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Valencia vs Man Utd predictions: the best bet
After being hailed for freeing Valencia from the doldrums and returning them to the Champions League last term, Marcelino Garcia Toral has endured a rather less spectacular second season at the helm.
Los Che are 15th in La Liga at present, having drawn nine of their 15 games, including a whopping six of their eight home outings in the competition. They’re also its joint-lowest scorers.
While Jose Mourinho’s side cannot rival the sheer amount of draws the Spaniards have been involved in this season, they’ve still been held to more Premier League ties (five) than all bar two other sides.
Looking beyond the match betting prediction for more rewarding parity-based wagers, the draw/under 2.5 goals double has strong claims at odds of 29/10.
The Reds were neutralised by Valencia in a goalless October affair at Old Trafford, which is one of just four times they’ve been shut out all season.
Meanwhile, all bar one of the 11 draws stockpiled by Los Che this term also rewarded backers of this wager.
For those looking for still more sizeable odds, the 9/2 about a 1-1 correct score prediction fits the bill, with five of their six home stalemates finishing that way.