Valencia - Tottenham Betting Preview: Villas-Boas' side to keep up pre-season momentum
It promises to be a showpiece clash at the Mestalla on Thursday and Adam Bate is backing Spurs despite their underdog status in the betting marketsThese two sides are both unbeaten in pre-season but facing each other in the Mestalla on Thursday represents a significant step up in class for both Valencia and Tottenham.
With a trip to champions Real Madrid awaiting them on the opening day of the Spanish season in little over a week, Los Che will need to be close to full fitness at this point in their preparations.
Valencia can be backed at an industry-best price of 11/10 (2.1) with Paddy Power to win this friendly in front of their own supporters.
The fact that they are odds-against for the victory owes something to the lack of quality of the opposition they have faced thus far in pre-season.
While Valencia are unbeaten, those results include draws against 2. Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig and, last time out, third-tier German outfit Arminia Bielefeld.
That will give Andre Villas-Boas’ side every reason to be confident heading into this game.
Spurs picked up draws against LA Galaxy and Liverpool on their well-supported US tour before beating a strong New York Red Bulls side, albeit one without David Beckham and Landon Donovan.
Jermain Defoe grabbed the only goal in another good win at Watford on Sunday and the indications are that, despite the off-field distractions caused by Luka Modric’s desire to leave, the squad is in good shape.
Tottenham can be backed at 23/10 (3.3) with Paddy Power to win this one and the draw is available at that same 23/10 (3.3) price.
The Spurs win is the pick of the bets in this one, despite conceding home advantage.
The Premier League side just seem to have had the tougher pre-season and Valencia may be content to use this run-out as a means of sharpening themselves for Real next week.
For the value bet, consider the fact that Tottenham have conceded just twice in their five pre-season games and have already nullified Liverpool.
You can back a 1-0 Spurs win in the Mestalla at 10/1 (11.0) with Paddy Power.
|Tottenham to win at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power
||Tottenham to win 1-0 at 10/1 with Paddy Power|
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