Both of these teams played important European ties in midweek. The key factor is that Valencia's match was at home on Tuesday, while Sevilla played in London on Thursday.
Two extra days rest and no travelling, at this stage of the season is a huge advantage. The visitors were hardly helped by Kanoute picking up an injury, he misses out tonight and could be joined by several others, who face late tests.
Valencia will be very keen to bounce back, after their disappointing loss to Chelsea and a win would enable them to close to within one point of Real in third. It is three years since they lost two in a row at the Mestalla, where they are formidable and normally bounce straight back after a reversal.
The simple truth is that they look a better team than Sevilla and providing the Champions League defeat has not left any scars, should collect maximum points.
4.5 points Valencia -1/4 ball 1.96 asian line. result 2-0 + 4.32 pts