Our Spanish expert believes Valencia do not inspire much confidence and is backing them to slump to another defeat in pre-season at the Emirates StadiumPortuguese champions Benfica face their Iberian neighbours Valencia on the second day of the Emirates Cup.
Prior to their arrival in north London neither side had been in particularly eye catching form in pre-season with Benfica losing to both Sporting Club and Ajax while Valencia were defeated by the Peruvian and Chilean opposition they faced whilst playing in South America.
In terms of stature and personnel the two sides are relatively evenly matched yet Paddy Power make Benfica the clear favourites at 6/5 (2.20) while Valencia can be backed at 11/5 (3.20).
There seems to have been a fair amount of money for the Portuguese side with punters taking the healthy looking odds-against price for a talented Benfica side.
Valencia last year were at times shambolic defensively and having sold arguably their best defender in Jeremy Mathieu to Barcelona, los Che will have to reorganize at the back.
It is true that they have signed Andre Gomes from, funnily enough Benfica, yet in pre-season Valencia have been shipping goals.
The Eagles meanwhile are always threatening going foward so backing them to claim a victory looks like a simple enough selection for this friendly encounter.
|Benfica to win at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid