Valencia-Almeria Betting Preview: Why the hosts should win by at least two goals

Our Spanish football expert holds little hope for the league's bottom club at Mestalla on Wednesday
Things do not get any easier for bottom-of-the-table Almeria with a trip to Valencia on Wednesday. While the Andalusians have been capable of playing some nice football at times, they remain catastrophic in defence and are the only side in La Liga without a win.

Paddy Power price them at 7/1 (8.00) for the victory in Valencia yet, given the way they have been leaking goals, that price looks a touch short.

Los Che meanwhile suffered a big blow at the weekend losing to Villarreal but they should be expected to bounce back with three points and are offered at 2/5 (1.40).

While Almeria opened the season scoring two goals in each of their first five games, the goals have subsequently dried up.

The side from the south east of Spain have bagged just one strike in their last five fixtures, and have also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the ten league matches they have so far contested.

Valencia for their part almost always score at home, finding the back of the net in each of their previous 14 league encounters at Mestalla.

Such a record should serve to underline punters' confidence in a home win, and backing Valencia with a -1 handicap at 11/10 (2.10) looks like an excellent option.

Valencia to win with a -1 handicap at 11/10 (2.10) 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid