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Will Valencia increase Mourinho’s woes?

Last updated: October 2, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Tuesday, 20:00
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Form: WWDDL
Away Form: DLDDW
Last Meeting: Man Utd 1 – 1 Valencia
Competition: UEFA Champions League

Valencia travel to England to face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions’ League Group H clash on Tuesday. Manchester United lead the group after one game and will be hoping to keep their place at the top of the table, especially as they face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in their next two games. Valencia, although struggling domestically themselves, will fancy their chances against a team that appears to lack unity and leadership at the moment.

Manchester United’s recent misery was compounded at the weekend when they were humiliated 3-1 by West Ham, which ensured their worst start to a season since 1989-90. This defeat came straight after being earlier knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby Country.

Despite the disarray surrounding the team, the Red Devils have a perfect record in the UEFA Champions League as they won their opening fixture by 3 – 0 against Swiss side Young Boys to go to the top of the table. Pogba inspired their win in Switzerland with a man-of-the-match performance, scoring two goals and setting up Antony Martial for the third goal. But since that game hostilities between Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho have intensified and Pogba has been stripped of his vice captaincy.

Valencia have troubles of their own, with just one win and two goals scored in their last five matches in all competitions this season. The Spanish outfit showed real intention in the transfer market, making eight acquisitions, including Portugal’s World Cup star Goncalo Guedes from PSG for £36m, Kevin Gamiero for £16m from Atletico Madrid, and Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on loan. The influx of new players are taking time to gel though and they currently sit 14th in the Spanish league. However, there are green shoots of recovery, as they had a morale boosting win over the weekend when Batshuayi scored to set a personal record of scoring in 5 different leagues alongside Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Valencia lost their first Champions League fixture, losing 2-0 to 10-men Juventus courtesy of two penalties. Ronaldo was sent off in that match controversially.

Team News

Manchester United are top of the Champions’ League Group H table as they tie with Juventus on three points, but are ahead with a superior goal difference.

The pressure is on at Old Trafford. Three matches without a win, internal squabbles surrounding Mourinho and Pogba and several players out of form including Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and a misfiring Romelu Lukaku.

Valencia have only scored two goals in the five games they have played this season despite the signing of striker Batshuayi.

Former Arsenal duo Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin will be heading back to England in Valencia colours along with Chelsea’s on loan striker Batshuayi.

Expected Line-Ups:

Man Utd (4-3-3) : De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindeloef, Shaw, Matic, Fellaini, Pogba, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Young, Fred, McTominay, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Injured: Rojo, Jones
Doubtful: Herrera
Not available:
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto, Vezo, Paulista, Diakhaby, Lato, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev, Gamiero, Batshuayi
Subs: Jaume, Murillo, Guedes, Coquelin, Wass, Rodrigo, Torres
Injured: Mina
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man United This Season Valencia This Season
1st Group Position 3rd
0 (1) Wins (away) 0 (0)
3 – 0 v Young Boys Bern Biggest Win
0 (0) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 2 v Juventus
Pogba (2) Top Goal Scorer
Y1, R0 Discipline Y3, R0
0 Failures to Score 100%
100% Clean Sheets 0
0 Both Teams to Score Games 0
100% Over 2.5 Goals 0
0 Under 2.5 Goals 100%
  • Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored in 3 consecutive matches with an average of just over two shots per game. Pogba has two goals in this competition.
  • There are only two Valencia players who have scored the team’s two goals this season, Batshuayi (1) and Gamiero (1).
  • Manchester lead the group with a +3 goal difference while Juventus have +2. Juventus face Young Boys, a team they will expect to score a few against, so goal difference could be key in this group.
  • In the 8 competitive matches in this fixture, Valencia have won just one while United have won two with the majority of matches (5) ending in a draw.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
07/12/2010 UEFA CL Man United 1 – 1 Valencia Pablo 32’
29/09/2010 UEFA CL Valencia 0 – 1 Man United Hernandez 85′
20/02/2001 UEFA CL Man United 1 – 1 Valencia A. Cole 12′
14/02/2001 UEFA CL Valencia 0 – 0 Man United
21/03/2000 UEFA CL Valencia 0 – 0 Man United

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Both teams are struggling domestically and will probably welcome the change of competition. Matches between these two have always been low scoring with five of the eight ending in a draw. Combined with Valencia’s 100% record of under 2.5 goals in the league, the stats point to a low scoring encounter.

We quite fancy Batshuayi to score. The 22-year-old has declared this week he doesn’t want to join Valencia permanently and what better way to remind parent club Chelsea what they are missing?

All things considered, we feel a draw will be likely in this game. The bookies have Manchester United as favourites but this means little on their current form. If you want to play a little safer, under 2.5 goals also seems a good shout. You can get great value odds at BetVictor.