Valencia vs Manchester United betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

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Valencia vs Manchester United prediction: Valencia 1-1 Manchester United

There’s very little left to sort out in Group H.

Manchester United have booked their place in the round of 16; Valencia will have to settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Both managers, Jose Mourinho and Marcelinho, will use this as an opportunity to rotate their squads.

Who’ll come out on top at the Mestalla?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Anthony Martial of Manchester United (right) celebrates with team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Valencia vs Manchester United: Who will win?

Valencia have won just 4 of their 20 La Liga and Champions League games this season. Los Che are 6/4 to get another victory here.

Manchester United are 9/5 to leave Spain with three points.

A draw is 23/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 5/6 but both teams to score is 4/6.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United reacts after the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi could lead the line for the hosts. He’s 11/2 to score first and 2/1 to net anytime.

His Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku could be up front for the visitors. He is also 11/2 to break the deadlock and 15/8 to score in 90 minutes.

Both Belgians to score is 15/2.

Valencia vs Manchester United: Match preview

It’s been a disappointing return to the Champions League for Valencia.

Los Murciélagos’ only win so far was their 3-1 victory over Young Boys at home.

However, their failure to win in Bern a fortnight earlier has come back to bite them; they could only draw 1-1 with the group’s whipping boys.

Last time out, they were beaten narrowly by a Mario Mandžukić tap-in in Turin which ensured they will finish third in Group H.

They’ll have the Europa League knockout stages to look forward to come February but Marcelino’s main concern right now is their league form.

They have only lost three time in La Liga but they’ve also only won three times.

Nine of their matches have ended all squad including their home fixture with high flying Sevilla on Saturday; Mouctar Diakhaby scoring a 92nd minute equaliser in that one.

However, two of their wins have come in their last 4 matches.

They have moved up to 14th but, amazingly, are just 6 points off the top 4.

Will they treat their fans to a rare home win?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Gonçalo Guedes of Valencia is challenged by Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Can Man United build momentum ahead of Sunday?

Despite poor league results,  Manchester United have got through this group.

Their two late goals in Turin which saw them beat Juventus on matchday 4 was one of their most memorable victories of recent seasons.

A fortnight ago, Marouane Fellaini scored a stoppage time winner as they narrowly beat Young Boys 1-0 at Old Trafford; a result which booked their place in the last 16.

They’ve also lost just 1 of their last 9 Premier League matches but, just like their opponents, it’s draws that are killing them.

The Red Devils hammered Fulham 4-1 on Saturday to end a run of three successive league stalemates.

That leaves them seventh in the table, below Everton, and 8 points behind Arsenal in fifth and Chelsea in fourth.

This forthcoming Sunday, they travel to Anfield to take on the league leaders Liverpool so surely José Mourinho’s team selection will be with that game in mind.

Valencia team news vs Manchester United

VALENCIA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 07: Fans of Valencia celebrates after his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on October 7, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

With nothing to play for, Marcelino will rotate his starting XI.

Back up goalkeeper Jaume Doménech could get a rare start; he’s made just three appearances this season two of which have come in the Copa del Rey.

José Luis Gayà is one of the best full-backs in La Liga and, with no other senior left-back in the squad, could start this one.

Former Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista could be rested with Rúben Vezo coming in.

Another former Arsenal player could start though.

Francis Coquelin made his Premier League debut in an 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford in 2011 so will hope for a better result this time around.

Dani Parejo, Gonçalo Guedes and Carlos Soler will be rested.

Denis Cheryshev scored 4 goals at the World Cup for hosts Russia in the summer but has only netted once for Los Che this season.

Rodrigo and Santi Mina are the regular strike partnership so Kevin Gamiero and Michy Batshuayi could get the opportunity to show what they can do here.

Does this XI have enough to claim three points?

Manchester United team news vs Valencia

TURIN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 07: Victor Lindelof of Manchester United celebrates at the full time whistle after the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Juventus and Manchester United at Juventus Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With a mounting injury lists and a busy schedule, José Mourinho is likely to rotate heavily too.

The manager hinted on Saturday that back-up keeper Sergio Romero will play for just the second time this season.

Right-back Diogo Dalot was man of the match at the weekend in the win over Fulham and Marcos Rojo has come out of the wilderness, starting the last two games.

Victor Lindelöf is still out.

Nemanja Matić, Ander Herrera, Maroune Fellaini and Juan Mata are all unlikely to feature.

However, Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira will start.

Either Fred or Scott McTominay will join them in midfield.

It is unclear who’ll start in the attacking positions though.

Alexis Sánchez is still injured so it comes down to who he wants to protect for Sunday.

Anthony Martial has been in superb form so Lingard and Rashford will support Romelu Lukaku.

He scored for the first time since 15 September on Saturday but still needs confidence.

Will they make it back to back wins?

Predicted Valencia team vs Manchester United

Predicted Valencia lineup vs Manchester United.

Predicted Manchester United team vs Valencia

Predicted Manchester United line up vs Valencia.

The latest tweets from Valencia pre Manchester United

The latest tweets from Manchester United pre Valencia

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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