Valencia CF

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Mestalla

08/04/2018 | 7:45 pm

RCD Espanyol

V

Mestalla

08/04/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Valencia are in fourth place and pretty much guaranteed a Champions League spot as they are 15 points ahead of Villareal in fifth, while Espanyol are enjoying mid-table security in 13th position, 15 points clear of the bottom three.

Last time: The last game at the Mestalla in January 2017 ended as a 2-1 home win thanks to goals from Martin Montoya and Santi Mina, before David Lopez netted a late consolation for Espanyol.

This time: Valencia are 1/2 to win this game, while Espanyol are 6/1 and the draw is 3/1.

You might remember: A 3-1 home win for Valencia in September 2014 when they ran up a three-goal lead thanks to Pablo Piatti, Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer, before Sergio Garcia scored a last-minute consolation from the spot. It is important to note in this La Liga Preview that Valencia have won their last four games against Espanyol.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Valencia host Espanyol in La Liga at the weekend, with Los Che looking very comfortable for a place in next season’s Champions League

Valencia’s last game was a 1-0 away win over Leganes thanks to Rodrigo, who scored his 14th goal of the season. Valencia are unbeaten in their last eight league games, winning seven of them. The Andalusian side have the third-best attack in the division behind just Barcelona and Real Madrid, scoring 58 times so far. Their record in front of goal is something to bear in mind when making any La Liga predictions for this game.

Espanyol’s last game was a 0-0 draw at home with Alaves. The Catalan side have won just two of their last 12 league games, both coming at home over Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. Espanyol are one of the lowest scoring sides in the league, hitting the net just 26 times in 30 games. That misfiring frontline is worrisome for anyone making any football predictions for today regarding Espanyol scoring enough goals to win the game.

Valencia are 1/2 to win this game and have lost just twice at home in La Liga this season. That was to Villareal and Real Madrid, and they are unbeaten against Espanyol at home in the last 10 meetings. One of the more conservative football score predictions for this game would see Valencia win 2-0, which is priced at 6/1 in the betting.

Espanyol are 6/1 to take the three points but are winless in their last five away games. They have won just once on their travels in La Liga this season against Malaga, drawing seven and losing six times. A 1-0 win for Espanyol is 16/1.

The draw is 3/1 and there have been just three stalemates in the last 23 games between the sides, which is worth considering when deciding which are the best football betting tips for the weekend. A 1-1 draw in this game has odds of 7/1.

Rodrigo is 7/2 to score the first goal of the game for Valencia and so too is Simone Zaza. Both these players are a decent shout for any football score predictions to net the opening goal.

Espanyol’s top scorer Gerard Moreno has 12 goals to his name this season, and is 9/1 to open the scoring on Sunday.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Valencia to keep up their good record against Espanyol. A home win here is one of the best free football betting tips going, and it is 10/3 for Valencia to win by two goals.

2

We fancy:

As a fair shout for our football predictions, Rodrigo to score two or more goals at 6/1 is worth a punt. The Brazilian-born striker who represents Spain has scored six goals in his last five games in all competitions.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Geoffrey Kondogbia is 18/1 to score the first goal of the game. The French midfielder has scored four times this season, and bagged in the 2-0 away win over Espanyol earlier in the campaign.

Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.