Basel - Valencia Betting Preview: Punters should side with goals as their path to profit

Our in-form Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, sees enough reason to back both teams to score as the confident hosts take on a Spanish side who can be wildly erratic
Thursday night's game in Switzerland looks like being a fascinating one as a Basel side boasting a formidable home record host a wildly erratic Valencia team.

St-Jakob Park is a compact and noisy ground where Basel have produced some memorable results, beating Chelsea in the Champions League back in November and famously overcoming Manchester United two seasons ago.

Yet bet365 still price them as underdogs, offering them at 12/5 (3.40) for this game, while their more illustrious Spanish opponents can be backed at 5/4 (2.25) and the draw is offered at 5/2 (3.50).

Valencia may have more fame but this season has been one of their worst domestically for many many years, with Los Che in real danger of missing out on European comeptition next season.

However, one thing that Juan Antonio Pizzi's side do with pleasing regularity is score goals and the price of 5/6 (1.83) for both teams to find the back of the net looks worthy of consideration.

Valencia have been in excellent form in Europe this season, scoring in eight of their last nine Europa League games, while Basel have scored in 15 of their last 16 home games in this tournament, meaning that the statistics definitely back up this selection and it should be backed accordingly.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) for 2.5pts with bet365

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