Atletico Madrid vs Valencia: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, And Prediction

Atletico Madrid has now accumulated 46 points this season and are second in the league; six points ahead of third place Valencia. If they secure a win against Valencia this week, the point gap will stretch to nine and Atleti could sustain their second position.

Wanda Metropolitano is entertaining another exciting clash between two teams high up in the table. Atletico Madrid host Valencia this Sunday with both the sides aiming to move at the second position.

The game is set to kick-off at 19:45 GMT and the referee for the match will be Ignacio Iglesias.

The home side are heading towards this game with an excellent display against Las Palmas last weekend when they won the match 3-0. The score-line means that Atleti now have kept 13 cleans sheets in 21 games so far. Goals for Griezmann, Torres and Thomas Partey sealed the win for the club.

Atletico Madrid has now accumulated 46 points this season and are second in the league; six points ahead of third place Valencia. If they secure a win against Valencia this week, the point gap will stretch to nine and Atleti could sustain their second position.

But with Real Madrid having a game in hand and yet to face Atleti for the second time in the league, Los Colchoneros can’t afford to lose any points. Diego Simeone will make sure this doesn’t happen with his tactical genius helping Atletico Madrid become a European power-house after years of mediocrity.

Atletico vs Valencia Match Facts

Marcelino has drastically transformed a Valencia side that were languishing at the bottom half of the table for most of last season. Now they already have 40 points on the bag, only six fewer than what they have after the whole of last campaign.

Valencia lost their last game at home to Real Madrid 4-1 but the score-card of very harsh on them. Valencia looked very strong during the whole match and in any other day could have at least salvaged a point.

But the attack of Real Madrid was too powerful to stop. Cristiano .Ronaldo scored two from the penalty spot while Marcelo and Kroos capped off a fantastic win. Santi Mina did score a goal to make it 2-1, but Valencia couldn’t score any after that.

Valencia have an okay away record; 5 wins and two draws in ten matches. They have netted 20 goals on the road which is one of the best statistics for teams in the league.

Atleti haven’t lost at home this league campaign as they have six wins and four draws in 10 home games. They have only let in 4 goals at the Wanda Metropolitano, the best defensive home record.

Team News

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone will once again be without his first choice left-back Filipe Luis as the Brazilian is struggling to recover from a hamstring injury that he sustained back in December. Diego Costa is doubtful for the match having picked up a muscular problem last week.

Griezmann hasn’t been as prolific in front of goal this season as he was a couple of seasons back but has still found the bet seven times this campaign yet again being their top goal contributor.

Valencia

Jeison Murillo hasn’t featured for Los Che since November due to Osteitis Pubis. Goncalo Guedes picked up a hamstring injury and didn’t feature in the game against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals.

Simone Zaza was scoring for fun at the start of the season, but his form has depleted lately. He has ten goals to his name while Rodrigo and Santi Mina have netted 9 and eight respectively.

Head to Head

Atletico Madrid had won four straight games against Valencia in the league before this season, however, were forced to shave the spoils in their last meeting earlier this season. Valencia were the dominant side before the Simeone era, but since then the table have turned to Atletico Madrid being far superior to Valencia.

Atletico Madrid vs Valencia Lineups (Possible XI)

Atletico Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)

Oblak

Juanfran – Gimenez – Godin – Hernandez

Correa – Gabi – Koke – Saul

Griezmann – VitoloAtletico Madird predicted starting lineup

Valencia Lineup (4-4-2)

Neto

Montoya – Garay – Ruben Vezo – Toni Lato

Carlos Soler – Parejo – Kondogbia – Gaya

Zaza – Santi MinaValencia predicted starting lineup

Atletico Madrid vs Valencia Prediction

Valencia are a lot stronger going forward while Atletico Madrid boasts the best defensive record in the league. Thus, it is the battle of an active attack vs a solid defense.

The game is hard to call but Los Colchoneros are in better shape winning three out of their four matches while Valencia have lost twice in four matches.

Our Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Valencia

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