Valencia 1-0 Osasuna – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Valencia were short to win @ 2.15 but the market was correct to anticipate the positive manager bounce.
The punters pretty much disregarded the difference between these two sides in the table and to be fair, Valencia were better than Osasuna in every department and merited the win. Importantly in a betting sense they merited these odds too. Fair score 2-0.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Valencia -0.25 also collected a full win here @ 1.80.
Osasuna +0.25 was level until the 74th minute but never did themselves justice and were fortunate not to concede much earlier.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all where the line was set low at 2. Under won @ 2.08.
I expected a little more chances for Osasuna but they never really settled. Valencia went for it as expected but never scored early enough to make the match open up.
This was an extremely impressive and comprehensive performance from Valencia who look rejuvenated under Ruben Baraja.
They started off wonderfully on the front foot and only tremendous saves and some sloppy finishing meant it stayed 0-0 until the 74th minute.
Osasuna normally can be relied on to at least match their opponent in a physical sense but on this day, Valencia were so motivated and aggressive, it was a contest dominated by the home team.
Osasuna never got into dangerous positions as Valencia controlled the midfield battle.
There was numerous missed chances particularly in the first period, but just as time was ticking down, Justin Kluivert tucked away a much deserved winner.
Valencia used the hostile and raucous crowd to their advantage not only to outbattle Osasuna, but also to convince numerous times to make big calls which favoured them. The referee twice was forced to rescind straight red cards!
The Valencia players made it a tough game for the referee. They took every chance to dive in the box before and after their goal. The official finally cracked and gave a late penalty, which Duro missed.
It was Valencia’s second win in eleven matches, but this performances was among their best of the season.
Valencia missed early chances through Diakhaby on a corner.
Osasuna keeper Herrera had been pardoned by VAR on a woeful decision to send him off early on, and he showed his worth with an amazing save from Hugo Duro to keep it 0-0.
In the second period Valencia continued to look dangerous. Samuel Lino set up the winner for Justin Kluivert with 15 minutes left.
Lino then missed a sitter to wrap the win, not converting a free header from a few yards out. Osasuna’s man of the match Herrera comfortably saved his weak effort.
In a wild end to the game, striker Hugo Duro missed a penalty and although the keeper saved, it was down to how bad the spot kick was on this occasion.