Real Valladolid 1-0 Valencia – Betting Review
A sorry Valencia hit a new low, crashing to a late but deserved loss to Valladolid.
The winning Valladolid goal came in the 90th minute but the out-of-form host had plenty of chances before that to go ahead, while Valencia looked void of ideas and confidence.
Valencia began well but faded, deserving nothing from a vital relegation clash. With the defeat, it was no surprise that Gattuso was sacked the following day.
Valencia was punished for a late defensive mishap and dropped to a costly 1-0 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Valladolid.
The unfortunate loss left helpless manager Gattuso exposed and the Italian was sacked the following day.
Valencia looked set to earn a point as time ticked down, but the manager was axed based on the team falling asleep on a cross late on when the game was looking set for a 0-0.
Valencia had nearly kept their first away clean sheet of the La Liga season, as Giorgi Mamardashvili made several crucial saves. However, a late strike from Cyle Larin snatched the points for Valladolid, giving Pucela a first home win in three attempts.
After Real Valladolid conceded three goals in the opening 30 minutes en-route to a 3-0 loss at Atletico Madrid last weekend, the home side was focused on keeping it tight early on.
Valencia started the half as the superior side. Edinson Cavani and Yunus Musah forced Jordi Masip into vital saves during the opening 20 minutes.
Despite Valencia making the more positive start, the visitors’ fatigue from four matches in 11 days and a Thursday night quarter-final Copa Del Rey defeat against Athletic Bilbao soon showed.
Valladolid sensed an opportunity to pounce, duly gaining control of possession and generating chances during the first half’s latter minutes.
As the hosts grew in confidence, Darwin Machís went closest with a powerful strike that was kept out by Mamardashvili.
Eager to build on a strong end to the first period, Valladolid immediately penned Valencia back after the restart.
Óscar Plano’s vicious half-volley was tipped behind by Mamardashvili but momentum was now firmly behind the host. The Valencia keeper was kept busy, preventing the hosts twice more.
Valladolid continued to push forward in a desperate attempt to seal a first home win in three, and substitute Larin produced the magic touch to volley in Machís’ superb pass inside the area and end Pucela’s losing streak.
On the balance of play, few could argue against Valladolid deserving the points, fair scores 2-0 and 1-0.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The favourites for the match were Valencia but at best, they matched the home side during their rare, better spells. The longer it went on the less Valencia looked like favourites. Valladolid won @ 3.15 and it was deserved, albeit the winner came very late.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. The two clubs were in dire form entering the match but once settled, Valladolid looked sharper and more capable, getting a full win @ +0.25 / 1.86 for their backers.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all, which had dropped down from 2.5 to 2.25 the day before kick-off. This trend proved accurate as punters were right to expect a low scoring match. The Under 2.25 @ 1.96 was a clear winner here.