Valencia vs. Schalke – Match Preview – Betting Tips – Match Odds

Champions League LogoIt seems that the less you invest in your squad the better the results, at least if we are to look at these two teams, who are on the opposite ends of form. The Spanish side is flying high in Primera Division and won 7 out of the last 8 games, while the Germans can be happy to see the gap to the relegation zone growing. This is pretty strange, since Valencia is counting on a number of young and inexperienced players, while Schalke have the likes of Raul and Huntelaar.

Match Preview

For the hosts this match comes at the best possible moment, following a convincing victory away at Atletico Madrid. The offensive minded bats pressed hard from the very first minute, and conceding an early goal didn’t shatter their morale. This is a very important attribute that will weigh heavily tonight, as Schalke is a very unpredictable side and they shouldn’t be underestimated. With so many options upfront, the Germans could find the end of the net at some point, and Valencia will need to get over that fast.

Unai Emery has transformed Valencia after he took over, and with a squad full of names that say little to the less experienced punters, managed to stick close to Barcelona and Real. With their rivals simply too good to be overtaken this season, Valencia must focus on the Champions League campaign and make the most of these games. They were lucky to draw Schalke 04 for this round, but if they are to move further, winning at home is a must.

The hosts are going to miss some important players, including  Jeremy Mathieu ,Cesar, Miguel Moya, Juan Mata and Marius Stankevicius due to injuries, while David Albela is suspended. Replacing them is a challenge for Emery, but one he can beat. For Schalke the only important players missing are Christoph Moritz and Angelos Charisteas, but Anthony Annan and Tim Hoogland are not allowed to play tonight.

Betting Tip

The two teams have met before in 2007 and back then Schalke got away with a draw in Spain, only to lose the second leg in front of their fans. I strongly believe that Valencia won’t risk a similar situation and will try to grab all three points tonight, so the trip at Gelsenkirchen won’t become the decisive match. The hosts lost just once during this campaign against Manchester United and are in a good shape to win this match; the only challenge is to achieve victory without conceding a goal.

Betting tip – Valencia to win

Match odds

Bookmakers Home Draw Away Betting Bonus Get Bonus
Betfair Sports Betting *1.74 *3.85 *5.90
Party Bets 1.70 3.60 4.75
ladbrokes Sports Betting 1.72 3.50 5.00
William Hill Sports Betting 1.73 3.60 5.00

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