Laudrup was in charge of Mallorca between 2010-11, having previously managed Getafe although he might consider this a time to be fielding a weakened team considering the other opponents in the group are St Gallen and Kuban.
It’s been a tough start for the Swans in the Premier League after suffering a home defeat against Manchester United, while they were also beaten at Tottenham although an easier run of games are on the horizon starting with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Therefore, the 4/5 with BetVictor about a Valencia win could be a very good bet considering that Los Che are one of the better teams in the Primera Liga, even if they have opened the campaign with three defeats from the first four matches.
The departure of Roberto Soldado in the summer was all too predictable, although Valencia still retain the services of several classy players including Helder Postiga who recently scored a brace against Barcelona during a 3-2 defeat.
The former Spurs man is a 5/1 chance to score the first of this match and might take advantage of tired legs in the Swans defence after they had a workout on Monday night against Liverpool.
Even so, there is plenty to like about the way City play their football and they could have earned at least a point from the match against the Reds if they hadn’t gifted their opponents a couple of goals, with Wilfried Bony and Michu an attacking threat for the Welsh club.
The players will be relishing the chance to play in the Mestalla against a Valencia side that have experienced a fall from grace since the days when they were a regular part of the Champions League furniture and Swansea are 4/1 to win this match.
The draw is priced at 5/2 with Coral and it’s hard to tell how far teams want to go in this competition considering that it’s not the money-maker of Champions League standards, with Los Che looking to bounce back from a poor start of their own domestically.
Michu returns to Spain after making the move to Swansea from Rayo Vallecano two seasons ago and he can be backed at 8/1 to score the first goal in this game, while Bony is a 9/1 chance to break the deadlock.