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Two Spanish sides battle it out for a spot in the Europa League final

Two Spanish sides battle it out for a spot in the Europa League final

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Last week, Atletico Madrid was finally able to defeat Valencia for the first time since in five games by a 4-2 scoreline, but will be in tough at Estadio Mestella on Thursday.

Atletico Madrid now heads into the second leg of the Europa League semifinal clash paying 3.60 to repeat its effort and make it back to the championship match for the second time in three years.

In their first encounter in a La Liga battle back in September, Valencia was able to edge out Atletico by a 1-0 margin but fell flat on its face last week. The positive to take for Valencia will be the important two away goals it notched, and the team will look to avoid another elimination from its Spanish counterparts as it did back in the 2010 edition of the competition when Atletico advanced on away goals. You should consider either the home/home win in the halftime/fulltime at 3.40, while a draw/home result is at 4.50.

Now with that bit of history aside, our focus will be on the result of this particular match and not who will advance to the final, which is a common mistake that new bettors often make when selecting wagers in two-legged matches. If you are wanting to select who will advance, Valencia is paying 3.50 while Atletico is at 1.28.

Though Valencia is not heavily favoured, it's paying close to evens with the odds curently set at 1.95 for a Los Che victory, which seems like the most likely scenario to unfold. A draw result sees a 3.60 offering, which considering how tight these teams have been isn't a far stretch by any means.

Valencia striker Roberto Saldado is paying 2.20 to score at any point in the match, while the odds jump to 5.00 should he score either first or last. However, the most dangerous man on the pitch will undoubtedly be Atletico's Colombian striker Falcao, who scored a pair in last week's encounter and is currently tied for the Europa League lead in goals with ten thus far. At 2.37 to score at anytime or 6.00 for the first or final goal of the match, it is tempting to look at considering he is one of the most proflific and underappreciated scorers in the game today.

Lastly, Valencia have scored 14 goals in seven Europa matches this season, an average of two per game, so look for it in the 'Valencia Goals Crazy' offerings. If the team scores either two or three goals, the pay out is 2.10. If Sergio Canales is inserted into the lineup, then Valencia will have a much better supporting cast up front.

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