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Strong-travelling PSG can gain solid first leg footing in Valencia

| 11.02.2013

Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Mestalla Stadium as 15/8 underdogs on Tuesday night, meeting Valencia for the first ever time in a Champions League round of 16 clash.

And whilst the 7/5 home side are shorter in the betting for the first leg win, PSG’s away record this season deserves the utmost respect.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost only twice on the road in all competitions this term, with a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Porto their sole loss in Europe.

They comfortably lead Ligue 1, and with the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks, boast vast Champions League experience.

Ancelotti’s nous in the competition could prove a big plus point for the visitors too, with the Italian coach having won Europe’s elite tournament on two occasions in the past.

Thus, punters’ faith would look well-placed in the French outfit, who will be eager to achieve a result amounting to a solid platform ahead of the Parc des Princes second leg.

A draw would be a more favourable result for PSG than the hosts, given Les Parisiens’ 100% Champions League home record this term, and it is 23/10 regarding that outcome.

Meanwhile, it could be worth noting that PSG have most regularly triumphed by a 1-0 scoreline domestically this season.

With a tight game expected in Spain, a bet on a 1-0 away win at 15/2 could prove fruitful.

Alternatively, the Parisians can be backed at 4/1 to win a game featuring less than 2.5 goals, or the same price to emerge triumphant with over 2.5 goals in the game.

Ancelotti’s charges have conceded just once away from home in Europe all season though, and it may be wiser to back the travellers to shut out their hosts in this match.

Thiago Silva, Alex and co. are 9/4 to keep a clean sheet, and a hugely tempting 7/2 to win the match without conceding.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee