Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Predictions and Betting Tips
Valencia does battle with Atletico Madrid in this weekend's most-anticipated LaLiga encounter. Struggling Valencia look to get past Simeone's troops- a feat they haven't managed since 2014. Read on for predictions and tips on this mouth-watering clash.
They played out stalemates in both legs in the 2019/20 season. However, Atletico Madrid, having not lost to Valencia in the last 11 encounters will be heading to the Mestalla with confidence. Take this and their current form, Valencia is faced with quite a game this weekend.
Los Murciélagos and their inconsistency
Javi Gracia has struggled to pull together a string of positive results for Valencia since he began at his new club in July. It looked like they were back at their best in the game just before the international break, beating Real Madrid 4-1. However, they quickly fell back to grace in their most recent game as they dropped two points away at Alaves. Given the amount of first-team players they offloaded in the last transfer window, a struggle was always imminent. However, they still have some players who are capable of delivering on the biggest stage.
Could this be Simeone's year?
While Barcelona and Real Madrid have faltered since the beginning of the campaign, Atletico have enjoyed a stable start to the campaign. With five wins in five league games, they're just three points behind the league leaders having played two games less. Although their form isn't the same in European competition, they're pretty much guaranteed second place behind Bayern Munich. Nonetheless, their main goal will be to snatch the league title off the hands of the city rivals, Real Madrid.
Valencia vs Atletico Madrid Team News
Cillessen and Gomez recently joined Diakhaby on Valencia's injury list. Suarez and Torreira are still in self-isolation while Herrera and Vrsaljko are both out via Hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
Valencia possible starting XI:
Domenech; Wass, Paulista, Guillamon, Wass; Musah, Racic, Soler, Cheryshev; Gameiro, Guedes
Atletico Madrid possible starting XI:
Oblak; Hermoso, Gimenez, Savic, Trippier; Saul, Llorente, Koke; Felix, Correa
The formbook points Atletico Madrid as the team likely to secure all maximum points. Valencia actually does have a fantastic performance in them taking into account their 4-1 win at home to Real Madrid. However, there's a difference between both Madrid sides at the moment and we believe Atletico Madrid narrowly gets this victory with another 1-0 win.