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Valencia vs Lyon Betting Tips

Published on 7:45pm GMT 9 December 2015

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      Valencia vs Lyon Predictions

      Valencia simply have to win this match to have any chance of making the knock-out stage. If they can beat a Lyon side, which has already been eliminated from Europe, then they will make the last 16 providing Gent don’t win their match at home to runaway group leaders Zenit.

      It has been an unconvincing campaign so far both at home and abroad for Valencia and it was no surprise to see the unpopular Nuno depart the club. They rode their luck at times against Barcelona on Saturday under the temporary management of Voro but a 1-1 draw represented an excellent result and is a real base for Gary Neville to build from.

      Valencia won 1-0 when these sides met in France earlier in the group and it has been a really disappointing return to Europe’s top table from Lyon. They’ve taken just 1 point from their 5 group matches and will finish bottom of the group whatever happens here.

      They come into this game after another really poor result, losing 2-0 at home to Angers in Ligue 1 at the weekend and they have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions, drawing the other.

      With a new manager to welcome and Champions League progress on the line, the Mestalla will be absolutely rocking on Wednesday night and against a struggling Lyon side, we should see a real response from the Valencia players.

      Anything other than a home win would be both a real disappointment for them and a real surprise so backing the hosts with a -1.0 Asian Handicap at 1.700 looks to provide good value here.

      It’s hard to know what kind of a manager Gary Neville is going to be and rarely can anyone have had their first managerial experience in such a big game on such a big stage.

      Defensive organisation will be the very minimum he will demand and although it’s unlikely everything will click instantly into place at the other end, a solid 2-0 win looks a distinct possibility here and can be backed at 6/1.


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