Europa League Betting Preview: Goals when AZ host Valencia

Gertjan Verbeek's side host Los Che in the first leg of their Europa League quarter final and Adam Bate is expecting goal while liking the price for a home win
The Europa League reaches the quarter-final stage and both of these teams will fancy their chances of going all the way in the competition. AZ top the Eredivisie and will be looking to take a healthy lead into the second leg in Valencia.

Perhaps surprisingly given the Dutch side’s home advantage and impressive domestic record, Paddy Power make AZ slight underdogs here. They are 17/10 (2.7) in this one and that’s an industry-best price with other bookmakers actually making AZ favourites.

Some of that disagreement may be due to the uncertainty surrounding Valencia’s form at present. Los Che boss Unai Emery has called for unity at the club after consecutive La Liga defeats, and it will be interesting to see how the players respond.

Valencia are 8/5 (2.6) to win here and the draw is available with Paddy Power at 9/4 (3.25).

In the goalscorer markets, AZ’s best bet is Jozy Altidore. The American had previously struggled to make an impact in La Liga with Villarreal and the Premier League with Hull City, but has now found form in Holland. 

Altidore has reached double figures in the league this season and struck four goals in AZ’s European campaign. He is an industry-best 6/1 (7.0) with Paddy Power to open the scoring here.

That’s longer odds than you’ll get for Spain striker Roberto Soldado. The Valencia frontman is 11/2 (6.5) to net first and give Valencia a potentially vital away goal in this one.

In the other markets, it’s easy to be seduced by AZ’s excellent home record. They are unbeaten in the league on their own turf, failing to score just once. They have also kept nine clean sheets in 14 games and conceded only seven goals. 

But Valencia represent a step up in class and have only failed to score three times in 29 games in the superior Spanish league this season. For that reason, backing both teams to score at 4/6 (1.67) is the pick of the bets in this one.

Both teams to score at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power
AZ to win at 17/10 (2.7) with Paddy Power

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter