Valencia vs Celtic
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Valencia grabbed a huge advantage in the first leg at Celtic Park as Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino secured them a comfortable 0-2 victory over Scottish champions. The Bats should thus have an easy job defending such cushion seven days later in front of the home fans at Mestalla.
Marcelino’s men continued their amazing series of draws on Sunday when their league tie against Espanyol saw no goals. The Bats now have 14 draws in 24 La Liga matches. The good news for local fans is the huge rise in form when it comes to team’s defensive efforts. Valencia did not ship a single goal in last three matches across competitions. We expect such fine defensive trend to be continued for the hosts here.
Valencia vs Celtic: Head-to-head
Valencia advanced on penalties after both teams snatched narrow home wins (1-0 apiece) in the third round of Europa League back in 2001/02 campaign.
This will be teams’ fourth head to head match.
It is interesting to note that none of past three H2H ties saw goals scored at both ends.
Valencia vs Celtic: Prediction
Celtic rebounded from the loss to Valencia with another domestic success last weekend. They took advantage of Rangers’ surprising slip-up to go eight points clear at the top of the standings with a narrow 0-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were also very tough to break down of late as they kept their net untouched in eight of last nine games in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals FT thus has to be the way to go at the 1.90 odds if we know Valencia also failed to find the back of the net in last two Primera Division outings against Real Sociedad and Espanyol (both at Mestalla).
You probably won’t make a mistake backing Valencia to keep a clean sheet at 2.25 either. The Bats only shipped 8 goals in 13 home outings in this term of La Liga.
Valencia vs Celtic: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.90 (9/10)
Valencia to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).