Valencia v Almeria – Betting Preview
The confidence and mood in Valencia are extremely flat and the club is in great need of a win here.
The atmosphere is negative due to bad results and the relationship between the boss Gattuso and the club chairman. Gattuso is desperate for more funds to improve the squad but supporters and the board are not convinced by the manager.
Valencia was booed off in the last league showing at home to Cadiz which they lost 0-1 before their trip to the middle east.
In Saudi Arabia, they took Real Madrid to penalties in a respectable showing over 120 minutes before losing on penalties. Winning this is far more important for their overall aim to get into the top six and get the suffering fans back onside.
Looking at team news now. Valencia is going to be missing the important defender Thierry who is “certainly out” according to the under-pressure Italian boss. This is a significant loss for the host as he is said to be a key man for the team.
Winger Castillejo is now available having injured his fingers in the disastrous loss to Cadiz.
Diakhaby has just got back to full training but is around 50% match sharp, meaning there is no chance he begins and probably won’t make the squad.
Nico González and long-term absentee Jaume remain sidelined by injury.
Almería comes into the game sitting just above the drop zone but they know a win here sees them leapfrog the under-pressure host Valencia.
The mood was positive after an impressive and confidence-building point at home to Atletico last weekend.
Almeria suffered an embarrassing cup exit at the hands of a lower-league club after the world cup break, but their only focus is on staying up this season.
Rubi has only one injury concern and recent signing Luis Suarez is cleared to play having been awaiting paperwork all month. Expectations are high that the powerful striker can be a positive impact on the squad.
The only Injury doubt is Kaiky Fernandes. Leo Bapsistao is back to full training and so the physio room is practically empty apart from the centre back.
Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the favourite for this game is Valencia @ 1.69. Almeria is in reasonable league form and won’t fear Valencia much, but they would take the draw. An away win is @ 5.00 while the draw is @ 3.90.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Valencia -1 looks a little flattered by giving a full-goal start away to Almeria, a club just a couple of places and points below them. Valencia is @ 2.07. Almeria by default looks like the value bet @ +1 @ 1.80. a single win for Valencia sees all bets void.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all which looks well set at 2.5. Over is priced @ 1.80 while the Under is @ 2.00. No preference here.