Valencia will be keen to get back into the top 4 as soon as possible and with a trip to Deportivo next week, will want the points this evening.
They are 12-1-2 at home and know that they have to qualify for the Champions League, or a season which promised so much, will be seen as a disaster.
The visitors have over achieved and are still looking for a european spot of their own, when many were tipping them for relegation.
The hosts are out for revenge, having lost the reverse fixture 2-0, a very talented side, they have impressed me as much, if not more than, any other team in La Liga.
It looks like they are resigned to losing David Villa and maybe one or two others, in the summer, it will be easier to attract replacements, with the carrott of CL football and all their energies are now targeted on qualification. Carlos Marchena returns from suspension and the Spanish international will help tighten up the defence, that looked shaky at times, in the defeat at Real Madrid last week.
Despite that loss, they created plenty of chances, 15 to Real's 10 and this is a side that always looks to have goals in them. Maybe the opoortunities will be converted this evening.
5 points Valencia -3/4 ball 1.74 asian line. won 2-0 + 3.7 pts