September 29, 2010 | In: Articles
UEFA Champions League – Valencia v. Manchester United
As Autumn begins, the betting season gets more and more exciting so many intriguing matchups in the sporting world. Betting on NFL continues as football has three weeks in the books and heads towards week four. Another game that is beginning is hockey, and NHL scores are available for preseason action. With football, hockey, basketball, soccer, and baseball all in action, betting services are available to help all bettors.
Football of a different kind is underway in Europe, as the English Premier League and Champions League get going, featuring the best soccer in the world. In Group C of Champions League play, Valencia and Manchester United go head to head with a game at Mestalla.
A main concern for one of the tops teams in England is their defense. While they sit in second position in the Premiership with 12 points, just behind Chelsea, Man U have conceded nine goals in their past five games. They shut out West Ham United, but conceded at least two goals to Everton, Liverpool, Fulham, and Bolton.
One solution for the leaky defense may be the return of Rio Ferdinand, who has been sidelined with an injury for months. If he returns, he may not 100 per cent, but he can still be effective and stop the goals coming in.
Even so, Manchester United has had a terrible history playing away in Spain. This will be their 19th game against Spanish clubs in Spain, they have won only once, in 2002 against Deportivo La Coruna. Moreover, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs are all ruled out of the match. Darron Gibson and Michael Carrick may see some action in replacement.
Valencia, meanwhile, sits atop their Spanish league, ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid. They have four wins and a lone loss, but are 3-0 at home, scoring seven goals while only allowing two. Joaquin and Aritz Aduriz both have two goals on the season. Aduriz also scored in the teams first Champions League match.
In the opening games of the tournament, both teams had very different outcomes. Manchester United played Rangers to a scoreless draw, while Valencia trounced the Turkish champions Bursaspor on the road 4-0.
Socio-economic situations may play a bit of a factor in the game, as Spain is set to come to a work stoppage as protests may start surrounding massive cuts made by the government. As Manchester United travels to the debt-ridden country, they risk distraction and being caught up in the chaos.
Betting lines: Both teams are strong, but with Valencia at home they are favored as well they should. Manchester United have struggled on the road outside England, and their leaky defense could continue to plague them against the strong Valencia offense. With key players out for Manchester United, look for Valencia to come out strong and stay on top, continuing the English club’s struggles in Spain. Valencia win 3-1.