Valencia vs. Manchester United: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Game

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 11, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Marcus Rashford (C) of Manchester United in action surrounded by players of Valencia during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United travel to Valencia on Wednesday with a chance to top UEFA Champions League Group H with victory at the Mestalla, but they need Young Boys to avoid defeat against Juventus in Switzerland to do so.

The Red Devils are already assured of at least second place and head into the final round of group matches two points behind Juve. However, maximum points on Wednesday would be enough to climb to first, as long as Juventus don't win in Bern.

Their 2-1 triumph in Turin means Jose Mourinho's side would take top spot on away goals following their 1-0 defeat at home to the Bianconeri, but bottom side Young Boys have taken only one point from five group games.

Valencia's only win thus far, meanwhile, was a 3-1 home victory over Young Boys, so United will have hope of signing off this stage with a perfect away record.

The Premier League powerhouses have already notched wins in Bern and Turin, and the prospect of snatching first in Group H at the last hurdle will provide proper motivation to end on a high in midweek.

This, and many other Champions League matches this season, is available to watch via fuboTV.


Date: Wednesday, December 12

Time: 8 p.m. GMT

Venue: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

Live Stream: B/R Live (U.S.), BT Sport app (UK), fuboTV (U.S.)

TV Info: BT Sport 3 (UK), TNT USA (U.S.)



Valencia: 9-5

Draw: 13-5

Manchester United: 27-20

Via OddsShark



Valencia and United have met in five competitive encounters since their first clash in 2001, per Soccerway, but the Spanish outfit are still yet to claim a victory. They've drawn in three of those matches, while United took the sole win in September 2010 (at the Mestalla).

This might be considered Los Che's best opportunity to correct that given Mourinho's Red Devils have been vulnerable this term, although they're now coming off the back of a morale-boosting 4-1 drubbing of Fulham.

That win on Saturday will have restored some confidence for the English side, and Mourinho since confirmed Paul Pogba will start against Valencia after having no involvement in that result, per journalist Bill Rice:

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Mourinho on Pogba: "He has to play with the same mentality as the team is playing. Paul can be a fantastic player. He has the potential to be a fantastic player. Against Valencia he is going to start and he is going to have a fantastic game and to show everyone how good he is." https://t.co/Hx2dtkxip0

Ciaran Kelly of the Manchester Evening News suggested Mourinho was right to bench his £89 million signing for the time being:

Ciaran Kelly @MENCKelly

The reality is United are playing better without Paul Pogba at the moment and, tellingly, he did not come on yesterday. Will play vs Valencia but faces a real battle to start at Liverpool next week #mufc #MUNFUL https://t.co/f370xzEGca

United are unbeaten in five and have won in each of their last two European outings. The recent 2-2 draw at Southampton was a big disappointment, but the subsequent draw against Arsenal and thrashing of Fulham has restored some calm.

More encouraging than that, however, was the improvement in quality of play against the Cottagers, which featured a goal from Ashley Young that was the culmination of brilliant team play, per OptaJoe:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

25 - Ashley Young's goal for Manchester United vs Fulham today ended a sequence of 25 passes and involved 10 of Manchester United's 11 players in the move. Vintage. https://t.co/Gc234HUCfw

Perhaps the feeling of missing out on Saturday's victory will encourage Pogba to help produce more on Wednesday, while Valencia are hoping to get back to winning ways after drawing 1-1 with Sevilla on Saturday.

They've won five of their last nine matches—they won only twice in their first 13—but are losing more regularly and have been defeated three times in their last eight outings (they lost just twice between August and November).

Blogger Paco Polit recently broke down this season's travails and commented on manager Marcelino perhaps not being the man to revive their status:

Paco Polit English @pacopolitENG

2. The team. Marcelino has proved time and time again that he's unable to turn things around when a game goes south for his lads. He's only got Plan-A. No backdoor or emergency exits. The whole squad is underperforming. Paulista, Gayà or Neto might be the only ones to deliver.

However, the last two of their defeats came against capable opposition in Real Madrid and Juventus.

Three points against Valencia on Wednesday may or may not be enough to see United emerge as Group H winners, with one eye fixed on Young Boys' last stand against Juventus in Bern.