Cross-Sport Multiple: Back Valencia in the battle for fourth

18May 2013



Andrew Hughes thinks Valencia will keep up the pressure on Real Sociedad by beating Getafe on Saturday and helping to land a cross-sport multiple in the process.


Bet 1: Back Valencia to beat Getafe at 1.72


The top three Champions League qualification spots in La Liga have already been taken, but the battle for the fourth place is still on, with Real Sociedad and Valencia locked together on 59 points.


Sociedad had established a five point lead when they beat Valencia three weeks ago, but have dropped five points in their last two games, and Los Ches have taken full advantage, thrashing Osasuna and Rayo Vallecano.


Getafe still have European ambitions of their own, but will depend on sixth placed Malaga failing to overturn a UEFA ban, and on Sevilla slipping up. More importantly, they are on a poor run at the moment, having lost four of their last five. The momentum is with high-scoring Valencia and they should win this one.


Bet 2: Back Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat Chennai Super Kings at 2.0


Three teams are sure of a play-off place, which leaves two to fight out for the remaining spot in the knock out stages. Sunrisers Hyderabad have the advantage, and can confirm their place if they beat Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.


If Royal Challengers Bangalore are going to overtake the Sunrisers, they have to beat Chennai and hope that Kolkata do them a favour. Given their top order firepower, it is a surprise that the Royal Challengers have found themselves in this situation. That is largely down to the lack of support for Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and A B De Villiers, and to some patchy bowing.


The return of Zaheer Khan gives them more of an edge with the ball, but perhaps more significantly for this game, Chennai do not need to win. The Super Kings are already sure of a top two place and may even rest a couple of key players. The Royal Challengers will want this more than their opponents and they are the best bet.


Bet 3: Back Toulon to beat Clermont at 2.4


This is the fourth time that the Heineken Cup final has been an all-French affair. The previous three were all close, with an average winning margin of 4.3 points; not that surprising for domestic rivals who know one another's game inside out.


Clermont appear are the better side on paper. They topped the table at the end of the Top 14 season, and have won all eight of their Heineken Cup games this year. They also have the head to head lead over Toulon, having won six of their ten encounters.


Clermont's strength is in their back line, but Toulon have the stronger pack, and more importantly, they have Jonny Wilkinson. He scored all 45 of their points in the knock-out stages of this competition, and any Clermont indiscretions will be punished. I think this will be a scrappy, cagey game, which will suit Toulon perfectly.


Total Odds for this multiple: 8.26 Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.



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Keywords: Cross-Sport Multiple, Valencia, battle

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