Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting sees the Spaniards take a 1-0 advantage into the second leg, and for all live televised Europa League and Champions League matches this week, online bookmaker Coral have a good Money Back Special running for their punters. If there are five or more goals scored in any live televised Europa League or Champions League, then popular bookie Coral will refund any losing First Goalscorer, Correct Score, Last Goalscorer or Scorecast bets placed on the match in question. So this provides a nice bit of insurance through the Money Back Special, and for the Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting, you could for example dip into the First Goalscorer market where Roberto Soldado is 4/1 favourite to open the scoring, while Stoke’s strikers a down the list with Jon Walters and Peter Crouch out at 10/1. So these bets and any taken in the aforementioned markets are covered by the Coral Money Back Special, if there are five or more goals scored in the match. Online bookmaker Coral offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some nice free betting cash to get started with on your sports betting.
Unlike the other two remaining English sides in the competition, Man Utd and Man City, Stoke have a lot of work to do. They failed to take advantage of playing at home in the first leg, with Jon Walters missing a couple of good chances, which resulted in Spaniards Valencia came to down and walked away with a 1-0 win. So now Potters boss Tony Pulis has to pull out something special for his troops as they need to find a way to break down the strong Spaniards. Their failure to produce in the first leg, could have been the result of a run of poor form in the Premier League, where they haven’t won for five matches. However, they did turn in an FA Cup win over Crawley Town (with ten men too) on the weekend, just for a boost of confidence. But stepping up the level again to face quality like Valencia away from home is going to be a tough call for Stoke. Stoke hadn’t lost at home in Europe for eight matches until last week, and that seems to have been their advantage lost. This is the first time that Stoke have been this far in European competition and try as they might, working as they could, the chances were few and far between against Valencia, and scoring goals has been a problem for Stoke of late. Now they need at least two if they are going to take this fixture. Of course a 1-0 win for them would force extra time and penalties out in Spain, but that isn’t ideal. Stoke will want this done and they will have to show a bit more creativity to get the job done. Stoke do have a bit of advantage when it comes to set plays, from which they are strong, and their physical direct style does contrast greatly to Valencia’s slick passing, so Stoke need a high tempo, passionate encounter in Valencia v Stoke City Europa League betting if they are going to cause an upset. This tie is the first time that the two sides have come together, and is Stoke’s first encounter against Spanish opposition.
Valencia are the experienced side in the fixture and have faced English opponents 32 times before. At home, Valencia have ran off seven wins, five draws and three defeats, while overall against English opposition, their record reads nine wins, fifteen draws and eight defeats. Just to further highlight the missed opportunity by Stoke in the first leg, that was the first time in eight attempts that Valencia had scored a victory over and English side. At home in Europe, Valencia haven’t lost now in six matches, and haven’t lost in six straight European matches, period. With them sitting a comfortable third in Spain’s La Liga with the dangerous Soldado the main man up front for them, they don’t give a lot away at the back, and that is that why they are strong favourites to win the second leg and progress through to the last sixteen of the Europa League at Stoke’s expense.
22nd February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Europa League