Valencia Europa League Odds 17.00 – Gary Neville’s new side have been installed as one of the leading fancies to win this season’s competition despite being easily knocked out of the Champions League writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
In his first match in the dug-out Los Che were beaten 0-2 by French side Lyon to exit the Champions League at the group stages although it may have been a different result had their defender Mustafi not had a goal ruled out for a push in the penalty area.
The mood inside Valencia’s imposing Mestalla might have become more positive had the home side taken the lead but by the end of the game, as Neville’s side slumped to defeat, there were jeers from Los Che supporters.
It was not a bad performance by Valencia by any means – they managed 11 shots at the Lyon goal in the second half – so there are signs that they are improving.
Valencia will now compete in the Europa League alongside some quality teams including Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Liverpool, Man Utd, Sevilla, Tottenham, Valencia, Lazio, Porto, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Fiorentina and Bayer Leverkusen.
Said Neville of the Mustafi goal being ruled out: “The players thought it was not a foul. I used to whinge a lot as a player, but won’t blame referees as a manager unless I feel I have to. Tonight I don’t as Lyon did well.
To qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League Valencia needed to beat Lyon and for group leaders Zenit St Petersburg to either draw with or beat Gent. However, Dutch side Gent beat the Russians to render the Valencia result irrelevant.
Neville continued: “We must take defeat on the chin and realise it is unacceptable to lose at Mestalla. We showed a lot of spirit and fight but didn’t really create enough chances to win the game.
“I didn’t feel stressed at all. I don’t feel stress now. I’m disappointed.”
It will be interesting to see who Valencia are paired with in Friday’s Europa League draw. A match against former club Manchester United could be a fascinating occasion. United manager Louis Van Gaal is under pressure at Old Trafford for a series of below par performances and Neville has been put forward as a potential manager of the Red Devils.
It is a fixture that LVG will be keen to avoid.