Valencia-Levante Betting Preview: Home side to come out on top in the derby

Our Spanish expert thinks the hosts will have little trouble in exploiting the visitor's leaky defence in Saturday evening's Liga match
While on paper at least this weekend's Clasico is the standout fixture in La Liga, the Valencia derby at Mestalla could well be the most intriguing game played in Spain.

Naturally, the hosts are the overwhelming favourites against their impoverished neighbours with BetVictor pricing a win for Valencia at 8/15 (1.53) and given their opponents current form that price looks just about right.

While Levante are comfortably in mid table, out-performing a number of clubs with infinitely greater resources than themselves, they have in recent weeks begun to stutter without a league win in the last month losing three of their last four matches.

They can be backed at 6/1 (7.00) to claim a famous derby win, while the draw is offered at 10/3 (4.33).

That Levante inspire little confidence at the moment is largely down to their ageing defence, which has been unable to keep a clean sheet in the last nine league matches.

While Valencia are not necessarily at their bullish best, they are on a decent run in the league with just one defeat in nine La Liga games and enough goals being scored to make one think that they should have enough to overcome Levante.

The price of 39/40 (1.98) for Valencia to lead at both half-time and full-time looks especially appealing giving punters the opportunity to just about double their investment.

This bet looks even more attractive given Levante's first-half away form, which has seen them leading at the break in just two of their 13 games on the road.

For a value bet back Valencia to win both halves at 9/4 (3.25) which looks a good option for a decent side at home against their struggling rivals.

Valencia half time/full time at 39/40 (1.98) at BetVictor
Valencia to win both halves at 9/4 (3.25) with BetVictor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.