An In-Depth Look at the Match
Two defeats in their last three has Valencia on the ropes and they are in real trouble of missing out on a top-four finish and the Champions League qualification that comes with it. If the locals do suffer that fate, they will only have themselves to blame, looking back on the campaign and knowing they choked when it mattered. To avoid that they must put together a strong finish to the season and hope for a few favours elsewhere. Going into the round they are three points off Getafe in fourth, level with Sevilla in sixth and only five better than Athletic Bilbao in seventh. Here are our top Valencia v Alaves betting tips.
Valencia suffered a couple of harmful losses when going down to Atletico Madrid and Eibar last month. They were able to get back to winning ways when smashing Huesca 6-2 at home last weekend, a result that confirmed the relegation of their opponents. Rodrigo and Lorenzo scored two each and there was also a goal bonus for Wass, Etxeita notching an own-goal late in the first-half. If we see a performance anywhere near that level, we’re sure Valencia will win at a canter, but remember this is their second outing of the week, following Thursday’s scrap with Arsenal. The home win is 21/50 at Unibet.
Fans Are Worried
Alaves are stuck in midtable and are performing like a team who will go no higher. They have picked up just two points from their last five games as they continue to slip down the pecking order and that has fans worried. Three defeats and a couple of draws tells us they have one eye on the upcoming summer break. Despite their less than convincing form, Alaves remain locked on 47 points with Real Sociedad and Espanyol and could, with a strong finish, end as high as seventh in the final league table.
That doesn’t seem enough to hold the squad’s attention and fans must be feeling short-changed as the players stutter and stumble to the finish line. Alaves suffered what was their 13 defeat of the season when going down at home to Real Sociedad last weekend, beaten by a single goal. Garcia Sanchez knocked the ball into his own net on 24 minutes and that was enough to settle the match. A disappointing way to lose after a poor showing. Their recent form puts us off backing the away win in this match and we don’t expect the visitors to see too much interest from punters, even at the chunky 7/1 sent out by Ladbrokes. A draw is yours at 4/1 with Bet365, but we’ll stick to the form and take Valencia as the value play.