Since dropping into the Europa League, Valencia have always been fancied as one of the favourites (although they are now 13/5 3rd favs with Boylesports) but their away form has far from been convincing in the competition and, coupled with a 4-0 thrashing at Espanyol, they head to Atletico Madrid as bet365′s 11/4 outsiders.
Atletico are on a fine home run in the Europa League and have won all 8 games at Vicente Calderón and Betfred make them 11/10 to register another. With 4 clean sheets and the other 4 games only conceding 1 goal, Atletico are 13/5 with Paddy Power to register a victory ‘to nil’ while a narrow 1-0 victory is 7/1 at Ladbrokes. Those who think Valencia can take a vital away goal (8/11 both teams to score, bet365) should look to Blue Square’s 8/1 on a 2-1 home win and those who want bigger on the win might consider Ladbrokes’ 3/1 on a home win by just 1 goal.
Similarly, Sporting have won all 7 home games in the Europa League and they can do it again a decent odds. 2-1 again stands out at 9/1 (Coral) while backing Sporting in a home win double with Atletico pays 23/5 at BetVictor.