Free Soccer Picks for Basel vs. Valencia

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:26 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 7:26 PM GMT

Basel and Valencia set up an intriguing quarterfinal clash in Europe’s second tier club competition. Find out what soccer odds are currently in swing and where the value soccer picks are to be found.

Basel at the disadvantage
The Swiss side arrived into Europe’s second tier club competition via Champions League, finishing third in group action with a 2-2-2 mark, which included most notably a sweep of the series against Chelsea – a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge and a 1-0 victory at St. Jacob Park in Basel.

Basel advanced through Europa League with a 3-0 victory on aggregate over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the R32 and a 2-1 victory on aggregate over Salzburg in the R16. Both rounds saw Basel hold strong on home ground without conceding and maintain an unbeaten run through the competition with two wins and two draws. What’s more, they’ve extended their home record to four unbeaten in Europe with two wins and two draws.  

Despite this solid account Basel enter their quarterfinal clash with Valencia at the significant disadvantage, listed at +200 to win outright at home while the draw is listed at an even larger +240. Clearly this market stance has everything to do with their opponents and the notion that the Spanish side represents their biggest challenge to date.

 

Valencia at the advantage
Valencia enter their quarterfinal clash at the advantage, albeit on the short side of even money at +130 to win outright.

Valencia began their European campaign in Europa League, winning Group A with a 4-1-1 mark and 13 points, finishing five points clear of second-placed Swansea City. Valencia beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 on aggregate in the R32 and Ludogrets 4-0 on aggregate in the R32. Both ties saw Valencia take the lead on the away and wrap up without conceding on home ground.

League form has been up and down of late with Valencia going 1-2-3 in their last six league fixtures. Home form is auspicious with a 3-2-1 mark in their last six but away form is nothing to write home about, as they are 1-3-2 in their last six trips around Primera Division. But in Europe Valencia are enjoying a five-game winning streak away, which only goes to show how form can turn on a dime from league to competition and so forth.

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Basel vs. Valencia Match Betting Tips and Picks:
Given Basel’s solid run of form through the knockout rounds of Europa League it would seem their hefty soccer odds of +200 are somewhat unwarranted. They don’t do them justice at all. After all, this is a side that bounced Man U out of Champions League 2011-2012 group stage and dumped Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s Europa League quarterfinals en route to a semi-final loss to Chelsea. A defeat they avenged when they swept the series in Champions League this season, mind. In many ways Basel are an emerging force in Continental soccer betting markets and, thus, arguably, it wouldn’t be prudent to dismiss them out of hand just because odds makers are doing so.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Valencia don’t warrant their fancied soccer odds of +130 to win outright at Bet365. They have been enjoying rich vein of form in Europe with five straight wins after all and do strike an intimidating pose. But in Basel we think they’ll find a tough nut to crack. That’s why we recommend either the home win or the draw on your soccer picks.

Soccer Free Picks: Basel to win outright at +200 

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