Atletico Madrid vs Valencia
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 4 February 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
The most interesting fixture of the Matchday is set to close the day on Sunday when Atletico Madrid host Valencia at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The hosts come into the game as pretty clear favourites even though they have been anything but super impressive of late.
The main reasoning for the home win bet would be the fact that Valencia’s players have the Copa del Rey rematch against Barcelona in mind, particularly after holding the Catalans to only a 1-0 defeat in the first leg played on Thursday at Camp Nou.
Apart from fatigue and the higher motivation for the cup match, Marcelino’s men have been struggling badly to keep things tight at the back in the most recent league outings. Valencia have conceded at least a goal in each of last nine La Liga ties and they will travel to the capital off the back of shipping six in back-to-back league defeats to Las Palmas and Real Madrid.
This will be the music to the ears of Diego Costa who is about to make his third league appearance for Atleti. The former Chelsea man already has a goal to his name and Valencia’s visit should provide plenty of opportunities for the Spanish striker to create in the final third alongside Antoine Griezmann & company.
Atletico Madrid vs Valencia: Head-to-head
Atletico Madrid have won four on the bounce against Valencia before the teams shared spoils in a goalless draw in this term of La Liga back in mid-September at Mestalla.
The Bats have not scored a goal in last there ties against the Mattressers.
Atleti have won four and drawn one of last five home ties with Valencia.
Atletico Madrid vs Valencia: Prediction
Based on everything written above, it is not hard to conclude that the home win is just the way to go and we see it as a genuine banker at the odds of 1.45.
You can also back Diego Costa to score anytime at 1.83 since the Bats have just been struggling badly to keep things quiet at the back recently.