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Valencia v PSG: Goals highly likely and mainly to French visitors

| 12.02.2013

There may be a noteworthy gulf in class between La Liga and France’s Ligue One these days, but that should not put punters off taking the following statistic seriously.

PSG have scored more away goals in the French top flight this season, only failing to score on one of their ten road trips and netting at least twice on seven occasions.

Meanwhile, they also scored two in their away games in Group A to beat Dinamo Zagreb and Dynamo Kiev to help finish top.

In contrast, Valencia have conceded the most home goals in La Liga, letting in 21 times in their 12 fixtures at the Mestalla.

This enhances the prospects of PSG having a promising night in front of goal in Spain and it is 7/4 that the French table-toppers score two or more in Valencia.

However, this is not a fixture that tends to go well for French clubs, with Valencia winning eight out of eight at home to opposition from France.

Furthermore, they are unbeaten in 17 both home and away, dating back to 1980.

Therefore, punters my prefer to simply expect goals from either club rather than just PSG and 11/10 looks a fine price that over 2.5 goals are converted in this one.

In terms of match betting, Valencia’s rich history against the French makes them tricky to oppose at 7/5, especially with the visitors missing star defender Thiago Silva because of injury.

But PSG’s megabucks squad has been coping just fine without him of late, emerging victorious in nine of their last 10.

It is 15/8 that PSG put one step into the Champions League quarter finals with a win, with the draw available at 23/10.

Another interesting factor is the clash of the two star strikers with Roberto Soldado locking horns with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Soldado outscored his opposite number 4-2 in the groups and he is clearly the better value option to strike first at 9/2, with Ibrahimovic far too short in the player markets, especially in terms of the 4/5 that he is on target at any time in the 90 minutes.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.