From fresh a winner in La Liga last night our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes that a clean sheet is on the cards in this evening's Copa del Rey clashLast week's first leg at Mestalla saw Valencia put in one of their better performances of a hitherto disappointing season although they needed an injury time strike from Helder Postiga to earn a 1-1 draw.
The tie is finely balanced then though it is fair to say that Atletico not only have home advantage but the added bonus of any away goal and Paddy Power price them at 4/11 (1.36) to record a win, while Valencia can be backed at 7/1 (8.00). A draw is available at 7/2 (4.50).
While we saw goals scored at both ends in last week's encounter between the two sides this is not necessarily likely to be the case again this evening, as Atletico's home record is supremely strong.
The Rojiblancos have kept clean sheets in seven of their last nine matches at the Vicente Calderon and boast the tightest defence in the Spanish top flight.
Valencia for their part have been less consistent in front of goal than they would have liked and their league trip to the Calderon in December saw them beaten 3-0.
Therefore backing No in the both teams to score market at 5/6 (1.83) looks like being a wise option.
As previously mentioned this bet has paid out in the vast majority of Atleti's home matches as should have a great chance of doing so again this evening.
|Both teams to score 'No' at 5/6 (1.83) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid