Valencia vs Villarreal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

With neither side in good form we are backing a stalemate at Mestallam, and think that opposing goals could also be a good option for this local derby

Valencia welcome Villarreal to Mestalla on Saturday evening for a regional derby in La Liga.

Luis Garcia Plaza's side make the short trip south in desperate need of a win, having recorded just one victory in their last 14 matches in the Primera Division.

Valencia, for their part, have only won twice at home in the league all season and will be aiming to improve that record this weekend.

Latest odds

SportPesa price the hosts at 20/23 (1.87) to secure all three points. Villarreal can be backed at 16/5 (4.20) with the draw available at 5/2 (3.50).

Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

Team news

Striker Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for Valencia having been forced off with an injury on Tuesday night in the Copa del Rey away to Getafe.

Geoffrey Kondogbia and Goncalo Guedes continue to be absent for Marcelino Garcia's side, although Francis Coquelin should make his return from injury. Centre-back Gabriel Paulista is suspended and will not face his former club.

Villarreal have Bruno Soriano, Manu Morlanes and Dani Raba injured, with Ramiro Funes Mori suspended.


Valencia Villarreal graphic

No team in La Liga has played out more draws than Valencia, with their total of 11 stalemates just ahead of Villarreal's nine draws this season.

Between them 20 of these two sides' 40 league matches this term have ended in draws and there must surely be a temptation to back another stalemate.

Seven of Valencia's last ten home La Liga matches have been draws and despite dominating plenty of those games, Los Che have badly lacked a cutting edge in the final third - scoring just 19 goals in 20 matches.

Tips and predictions 

The price of 5/2 (3.50) for a draw should be of interest, while for even higher odds invest in a draw with under 2.5 goals at 16/5 (4.20).The latter selection has paid out in all seven of Valencia's home league draws this term. 

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