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Betting Preview: Villarreal vs Valencia: Expect a low-scoring affair in derby

12:05 BST 10/04/2019
Villarreal celebrate 2018-19
Previous matches between these old foes have been fierce and highly intense and a similar outcome is anticipated once more

Valencia tackles rivals Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg fixture.

The Yellow Submarines will be hoping to come out of this tie with an advantage over their city rivals who have looked invincible since dropping down from the Champions League.

Javier Calleja's men have had a terrible season in the league as they are placed 18th and in the relegation zone. Nonetheless, they have had a good run of form in this competition. They were top and undefeated in the group stage (W2 D4). They have also been defeated Zenit St Petersburg and Sporting Lisbon to reach this phase of the competition (W3 D1).  The same outfit are priced to win at the end of regulation time at odds of (2.90) with Bet365.


Having lost their first match in 18 games away to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, Marcelino’s men will be looking to bounce back to winning ways. The same outfit will look to pounce on their opponent’s defensive mistake in this tie in the similar fashion they used to defeat Celtic and Krasnodar in the previous rounds. The hosts have conceded 17 goals in nine of their last 10 matches. Los Che won their recent game with Villarreal 3-0 and will hope to get the better over the Yellow Submarines going into the second leg. They are valued at (2.62) to come out victorious with the same bet firm.

Looking into their last 44 head to head encounters, both teams have won 17 games with 10 ending as a stalemate. The last encounter at this venue ended in a goalless draw. A similar outcome is offered at (3.30) according to the bookies.

Previous outings have produced less than three goals in seven of their last nine matches. Villarreal have kept a clean sheet and produced two goals or less in five matches in the Europa League. Valencia have kept a clean sheet in eight of their previous 14 matches, 11 of them ending with two goals or less. Staking on two goals or less will be a rewarding selection which is offered at (1.72) with Bet365.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.