Already destined for the Europa League knockout stage, Valencia will be bidding to finish their Champions League (CL) campaign on a high as they welcome Manchester United to Estadio de Mestalla. However to do so, they must improve their disappointing CL home record of just two wins in their last seven (W2, D1, L4).
Valencia can boast a record of just one defeat in their last eight competitive home matches (W3, D4, L1), however four of those games ended with a scoreline of 1-1. ‘ Los Murciélagos’ do boast a decent record against Premier League (PL) opposition though, winning eight of 17 continental home matches (W8, D5, L4). Notably though, their last PL opponents Swansea City did beat them on their own turf (3-0) back in 2014.
Manchester United travel to Valencia with a chance of leapfrogging Juventus into the Group H top spot. The ‘Red Devils’ require a win and have to hope that Juventus fail to beat Young Boys. Since their draw with Valencia (0-0) in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, United have won two of their three CL matches, scoring three times after the 85th minute.
United are unbeaten against Valencia in their previous nine matches (W4, D5), but this could be a tight affair. Seven of those nine encounters featured under 2.5 match goals.
Players to watch: Santi Mina scored twice in Valencia’s last CL home victory, that was against Young Boys on matchday four.
After a goalless run stretching 12 competitive fixtures, Romelu Lukaku has now scored two goals in his previous three matches.
Stat attack: Both teams scored in just two of Valencia’s previous eight competitive fixtures.
Valencia have scored over 2.5 goals just twice in their last 19 matches (in all competitions).
Manchester United have conceded their fewest CL goals at this stage of the competition since 2011 (two).
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Referee: Kabakov G. (Bul),
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
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