UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United

Manchester United scored a dramatic late winner against Young Boys last time out in the Champions League to secure a top-two finish. Jose Mourinho’s side can still finish top but that would require Young Boys beating Juventus to have any chance of leapfrogging the Old Lady.

Valencia cannot improve on a third-place finish and are also four point clear of bottom side Young Boys. They held United to a draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and will hope to do at least the same here against an experimental United XI.

Valencia have only lost twice at home all season, though there have been five 1-1 draws in 11 games.

Team News

Valencia- Jose Gaya is suspended for Valencia, while Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia are one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.

Gabriel Paulista was forced off with an injury in Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the weekend and is unlikely to feature against Manchester United on Wednesday. Live Bet are available on NaijaBet 24/7

Mouctar Diakhaby came off the bench to replace Gabriel and scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Los Che. He should start in Gabriel’s place in midweek.

21-year-old Toni Lato could make just his second appearance of the season at left-back for the Spanish side.

Valencia are guarenteed third place and will likely give chances to some fringe players against United.

Manchester United- Having already secured progression to the next round, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will likely make wholesale changes on Wednesday with an eye on the weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

Mourinho confirmed on Saturday that out of favour midfielder Paul Pogba will start against Valencia. Other players like Antonio Valencia, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Fred and Marcos Rojo will likely also start, though Bailly and Darmian are doubts.

Anthony Martial picked up an injury against Arsenal last week and failed to recover in time to face Fulham on Saturday. With Liverpool’s game in mind at the weekend, he should be rested here.

Juan Mata spent four years at Valencia at the start of his career and will be desperate to start at the Mestalla for only the second time as an opponent, and first since the 2011/12 season.

Nemanja Matic is one booking away from missing United’s next match in the Champions League and won’t be risked here.

Match Facts

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Valencia’s last 8 games (UEFA Champions League).

Valencia has seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against Man Utd in all competitions.

Man Utd has kept a clean sheet in their last 3 away matches against Valencia in all competitions.

Man Utd are undefeated in their last 9 matches against Valencia in all competitions.

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As at the time this post Valencia has 2.50 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester United has 2.85 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 3.36.

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