Valencia - Sevilla Betting Preview: Why the hosts should be backed to score twice

Los Che need goals if they are to stand any chance of appearing in the Europa League final and Phil Kitromilides believes that they are capable of getting them at the Mestalla
In the previous round of the Europa league, Valencia turned around a 3-0 first-leg deficit to progress at home against FC Basel and if they are to make the final they will need a similar resurrection against Sevilla on Thursday evening.

That match saw the home side run out as 5-0 winners after extra time so they should know that all is not lost ahead of the second leg despite the suspension of Paco Alcacer, who netted three of those goals in the previous round.

This time they trail only 2-0 against the Andalusians, however, the quality of opponent is superior and Los Che are going to need something truly special if they are to progress to May's final in Turin.

bet365 price them at 5/4 (2.20) to record a win while Sevilla can be backed at 9/4 (3.25) with the draw offered at 27/10 (3.70) by the same firm.

With Valencia one of the most regular home goalscorers in Spain and Sevilla generally excellent in front of goal, both teams to score is offered at the understandable price of 8/15 (1.53) which should prove an accurate reflection when it comes to the chances of seeing another high-scoring game.

For our purposes, that is too small despite the likelihood of it paying out so instead, the price of 5/6 (1.83) for Valencia to score over 1.5 goals looks a lot more tempting.

Los Che know that their season is riding exclusively on the outcome of this encounter and will be under no illusions about the task awaiting them. They need goals and we should expect an attacking line-up from Juan Antonio Pizzi.

It is not just a potential attacking line-up that is on the side of punters backing this selection, though, this bet has paid out in three of their last five home games and against a Sevilla side who have lost three of their previous four away games, there is a great chance of Valencia once again scoring two goals or more.

While the ability of the hosts to keep a clean sheet is clearly in question, Los Che certainly have it in them to find the net twice to render this bet a winner at 5/6 (1.83).

Valencia to score over 1.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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