Preview and Prediction
Atletico is looking for more win to keep their rivals away. With seven points clear now, Los Rojiblancos might have the lady luck on their side this season. This weekend, they will be hosting Valencia which is still struggling to avoid relegation threat. Carlos Soler and Co are now still on the 14th in the standings with twenty points or just three points away from the red zone.
Both teams’ previous games
Atletico had to be thankful to Luis Suarez last Thursday as he scored the brace to make a comeback win over Eibar on the road. The home side took the lead first by Marko Dmitrovic’s penalty before the Uruguayan international replied twice.
Valencia, on the other hand, was unable to win in the midweek as they could only muster a 1-1 draw while playing host to Osasuna. They even had to rely on Unai Garcia’s own goal to equalise Jonathan Calleri’s goal.
Diego Simeone, might employ 3-4-2-1 with the transition to 3-1-4-2, which he opts for recently. Several names will be ruled out due to the injury such as Mario Hermoso, Hector Herrera and their new signing Moussa Dembele. Luis Suarea and Joao Felix or Angel Correa will be featuring upfront with Saul Niguez operating the area before the backline as well as to defend and build up the attack.
Javier Garcia is likely to deploy the similar 4-4-2 formation with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Maxi Gomez will be the main option at the front, supported by Denis Cheryshev and Yunus Musah on both flanks whereas Goncalo Guedes will be operating behind the targetman. Only Kevin Garniero and Jasper Cillesen are sidelined for this fixture due to their injury, while Daniel Wass is serving his ban.
Players to watch
Luis Suarez still display his quality this season despite his age The Uruguay striker has netted eleven goals and two assists in La Liga so far. Some other key men of the team are Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix and Yannick Carasco.
Valencia’s top performers this season are Carlos Soler with six goals and four assists and the goalkeeper Jaume Domenech. Another key figure to watch is the skipper Jose Gaya who has provided three assists so far.
Atletico Madrid vs Valencia Prediction
Diego Simeone’s men are surely the favourite here. They will barely have any difficulty to secure another three points to keep their chance to win the title race at the end of the season or even earlier. Valencia will need to strive to pick up one point in Wanda Metropolitano, luring the home side to take the possession of the ball and strike back quickly in a counter attack is the least Javi Garcia’s men can do to get a point here.